A NEW exhibition exploring the role played by Chinese people who volunteered during the First World War is opening on Friday.

Durham University is hosting the exhibition about the Chinese Labour Corps (CLC) at its Oriental Museum in Elvet Hill Road.

About 96,000 Chinese men volunteered to work for Britain through the CLC on the Western Front, undertaking difficult and dangerous work behind the lines.

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Curator Dr Craig Barclay said: “Although there has been a considerable rise in interest in the story of the CLC in China, there remains little awareness in the West of the contribution of China during the First World War.

“Since 2010, a small number of academic publications have explored the lives of the men of the CLC. No exhibition devoted to the subject has ever been staged in Britain, however, and the members of the CLC have rightly been described as the ‘forgotten of the forgotten’.”

A Good Reputation Endures Forever opens on Friday, April 7 and runs until September 24.