Australians of Chinese descent answered the call to defend their home during the First World War. Many overcame discrimination and hurdles intended to keep Chinese and other minorities out of the war effort. Through their persistence and perseverance, they were able to serve alongside their countrymen.
Two hundred Chinese-Australians enlisted from across the country, and of them, nearly forty never made it back. The war effort, however, was not limited to service, and many in the community contributed through taking out war loans to help fund the war efforts.
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The Honour Roll of Chinese and Chinese-Australian soldiers served in WWI. Last updated in May 2021.
The Lepp family served in both World Wars across two generations.
The Shang brothers, Sidney Wah and Duckbour “Caleb” joined the war in 1916 and 1918.
William “Billy” Sing, served from 1914 to 1918 in the 5th Light Horse Regiment.
Benjamin “Ben” Moy Ling served from 1917 to 1919.
Four brothers from the Langtip family were enlisted in 1918.