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Hikmat Remembers WW1
To mark one hundred years since World War One we hope to shine a light on the involvement and sacrifices of Chinese, Indian, African and Asian communities on the Western Front. Over 650 Hikmat service users across Devon will have the opportunity to explore and share forgotten stories of diverse communities involvement in World War One.
Hikmat Devon has received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund for this unique project, commemorating the First World War.
Hikmat is working with partners, Meridian Raw, Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM), Devon Heritage Centre, the Armchair Exchange and Dr Kent Fedorowich, Reader in British Imperial History at the University of West England. Together Hikmat will help members of its diverse community explore and share untold World War One stories. The project will culminate with a public exhibition across Devon exploring our shared history and helping to commemorate all those who made a sacrifice during WW1.
Did you know that over 150,000 men traveled from China to Europe as part of the Chinese Labour Corps and worked on the Western Front. They worked with the British and French armies digging trenches, servicing tanks, clearing mine fields and removing barbed wire. The graves of eight of these men can be visited in Efford, Plymouth.
Did you know that 140,000 Indian soldiers saw active service on the Western Front in France and Belgium – 90,000 in the front-line Indian Corps, and some 50,000 in auxiliary battalions?