140,000 Chinese farmers and students worked in terrible conditions on the battlefields of World War 1 for the British and French armies. Almost 2,000 gave their lives digging trenches and depots during the war, and filling in trenches and burying the dead afterwards.
One of these almost forgotten stories is that of Bi Cuide, who like many, was a farmer from the Shandong province of China. It is only in recent years that we are beginning to understand the vital role these men played, and the sacrifices made by the families they left behind.
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