What do you know about the Bengali solders in the First World War or the Chinese Labour Corps on the

The event supported and hosted at Exeter Royal Albert Memorial Museum & art gallery (RAMM) is the first opportunity for the participants to share their project with the general public since it was shortlisted for the National Remember WW1 Awards.

The project is the story of ethnic communities’ involvement on the Western Front. What makes Hikmat Remembers special is that the stories of the Chinese Labour Corps or the Bengali soldiers have all been researched from the perspective of those living in Exeter and North Devon. Many of whom naturally didn't know anything about the extraordinary journeys that members of their grandparents and great grandparents communities made from the far corners of the then British Empire to the trenches of the Somme and the battle fields of the Western Front. Or of their contribution towards the final outcome of the war and to the world as we know it today. What’s even more extraordinary is that the group have made links, not only from China and India to Northern France but also links to histories as close to home as Plymouth in the South West.

The event on the 15th November starts with a talk by Dr Kent Fedorowich about the journeys to the Western Front, followed by members of the Hikmat community. Program details are available on the Hikmat website. The event is not only a celebration of what has been unearthed so far and an opportunity for the group to share the stories before they are compiled into a touring exhibition in 2017, but also a reminder of how all people of the world were touched by the tumultuous events that rocked Europe a hundred years ago.


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