Jo’s Monday Walk
Indian and Chinese Cemetery
Our first stop of our
Somme Battlefields tour was
at the Ayette,
Indian and Chinese Cemetery.
After our first shock at India and China being involved
we all came to the conclusion that India was logical
as it was part of the Commonwealth.
However, China was a mystery.
In all my lifetime I had never heard of
either country being involved in WW I.
And according to the first photo China was a neutral country.
However with allied armies requiring supplies…
the British War Office approached authorities
in both countries asking for a labour force
to transport supplies to the front lines.
While a relatively ‘safe’ job, both countries lost men
to long range artillery, air raids and illness.
A total of 2,000 Chinese and 1,500 Indian labourers
died while serving on the Western Front.
This was the first cemetery we visited and it was
here that we noticed the serenity and
immaculately kept surrounds.
Also the fact that this cemetery was alongside a road,
which may sound silly.
However, many country cemeteries,
that I have visited in Victoria,
are in a secluded plot of land with is
only accessible via a narrow track or road.
I should also add that any headstone which appears a dirty brown colour is,
in all likelihood, due to the photo being over exposed and my attempts
at darkening the image to reveal text…particularly on headstones.
Also there are some photos where the colour does not quite match,
on this post photo 2.
Also the result of extremes of sun and shadow which I have endeavoured
to correct in photo shop.
My skills with Photoshop are lacking…quite a bit.