WWI Book Launch in Donegal County Museum, 25 August

14 August 2017 | Pamela Linden

County Donegal Museum, as part of National Heritage Week, are delighted to announce the launch of the book The Dawn of Victory: Thank You China! Star Shell Reflections 1918-1919,  The illustrated Diaries of Jim Maultsaid on Friday 25 August 2017 at 7.30pm in Donegal County Museum, High Road, Letterkenny, Co Donegal.

There will also be a short talk by Military historian Richard Doherty on Jim Maultsaid

Jim Maultsaid was born in Pennysylvania, USA in 1893 to Donegal parents who returned to Letterkenny when Jim was a baby. He joined the British Army in 1914 and was badly wounded on the first day of the Battle of the Somme following which he was declared unfit for further active duty. He returned to France on receipt of a Commission as Captain, serving with the Chinese Labour Corps until early 1920.

Jim’s writings and sketches bring to life their story and until now largely forgotten and unrecognised contribution to the War. 95,000 Chinese left their remote villages and volunteered to work as the Chinese Labour Corp for Britain during the First World War. They have been called “the forgotten of the forgotten”, barely recognised at the end of the war. There is no tribute to them among the war memorials, no medals were awarded, they were refused any right to settle after the war, they were literally painted out of a canvas recording all the nations who joined the war effort, and many of the records of their service were destroyed in the blitz of WWII.

All welcome, refreshments will be served.

RSVP IS REQUIRED to Donegal County Museum, High Rd, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, Ireland. T 074 9124613, E museum@donegalcoco.ie

For more information see the attached flyer Thank You China Book Launch 2017 Heritage Week