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The Forgotton


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Following his graduation in 1972, Will Davies entered the Australian film industry and spent the next 37 years working as an independent producer of mainly historical documentaries and series for the ABC and SBS. He retired in 2010. He began writing books with the first published in 2012 and to date has had ten books published. He was a member of the NSW Anzac Council, leads battlefield tours to the Western Front and has served on a number of boards. In 2018 he was awarded a Ph.D from the ANU and among other projects, is working to build a war memorial school in the French village of Pozieres.


Our reflections over the past four years on the service of the Anzacs in World War I have uncovered many stories. This story, tenaciously pursued by Albert Wong, and well captured by Will Davies, tells us of a contribution to the War, and particularly to the Anzacs, that few of us would be aware of.The Chinese Labour Corps helped sustain the Allied war effort, providing the manpower in the logistic effort to support the frontline. The story also reveals the feats of numerous Chinese who served in the Australian Imperial Force. It is a story of service with and support of the Anzacs worth telling, and is told most impressively in this book. -- His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley, AC DSC (Retd), Governor of New South Wales

Will Davies has brought to fruition this book highlighting the forgotten Chinese and Chinese Australians who contributed to both The Great War and Second World War. We at the Museum of Chinese Australian History (The Chinese Museum) in Melbourne, see such a collaboration will hopefully bring to Australia an awareness of the Chinese from China and Chinese Australians to be remembered by current and future generations of Australians for their participation, sufferings and sacrifices in both wars. Lest we forget. -- Dr Edmond Chiu AM, Volunteer researcher, The Chinese Museum, Melbourne

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