FRANCE PACARDIE Cimetière chinois Noyelles WIKI

D
uring the First World War, the English and French actively recruited Chinese nationals to their land; to make up for the loss of manpower, due the high casualty rate in battles. These coolies/labourers eventually became known as the Chinese Labour Corp. Thousands of them served the area at Noyelles-sur-mer, providing aid to the cavalry and working on the region’s infrastructure. However, numerous labourers also died whilst here, due to accidents and the Spanish Flu that plagued the region in 1918. Most of their bodies are buried here, making this the largest Chinese Cemetery [Cimetière chinois, 80860 Noyelles-sur-mer] in France. The cemetery’s Chinese architectural style, especially the gates, makes it a distinctive landmark in town.

 

 

 


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