The Unremembered: World War One’s Army of Workers

27 June 2017 | Pamela Linden

Big Ideas Community Interest Company is working with the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) on a community engagement programme commemorating the bravery and sacrifice of the Labour Corps throughout World War One. They invite community groups to get involved by applying for funding and holding their own Unremembered event.

Join the project and apply for funding 


About the Labour Corps

The Labour Corps supplied the army with weapons and ammunition, food and fodder, water and fuel.  They built and maintained roads and railways. They were essential to the war effort.

British and Allied Forces struggled to cope with the demand for manpower after the huge losses of men during the Battle of the Somme in 1916. From January 1917,  manpower was drawn from the UK, China, India, South Africa, Egypt, Canada, the Caribbean and many other places within the British Empire.

Tens of thousands travelled thousands of miles to defend freedom, although they rarely saw service in the frontline, many died or were seriously injured. Today their contributions and sacrifice are all but forgotten. They are The Unremembered.

Throughout 2017, ‘The Unremembered’ are delivering an inclusive and thought-provoking programme to invite communities to commemorate the brave sacrifices of the Labour Corps and their heroic contribution to the war effort.

> Watch a video taken at a recent event in Leicester, which focused on the Labour Corps from India