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August 15, 2014

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Dan Hardie

A number of Chinese labourers, miserably paid and maltreated, were inspired by the 1917 mutiny of British and Anzac troops at the Etaples training camp to have a riot of their own. I think it was in the nearby town of Boulogne. An unknown number of Chinese were then shot dead by non-mutinying British soldiers, and the protest promptly collapsed. There's a brief eyewitness account- perhaps the first time the story was ever recounted in print, and maybe the only time- in 'The monocled mutineer', Allison and Fairley's book on one of the mutiny's leaders, Percy Toplis.

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