Photographic material on the Chinese Labour Corps by George E Cormack

Scope and Content

The collection comprises 42 glass lantern slides, principally of Manchuria and the Chinese Labour Corps taken by George Cormack (1912-1919). Also includes an album of photographs (1912-1913) relating to a visit on the Trans-Siberian Railway to Siberia and North Manchuria.

Administrative / Biographical History

George E. Cormack was born in 1886. He spent the period 1913-1917 in Manchuria as a business representative, returning to Britain escorting a group of Chinese labourers destined for the Chinese Labour Corps. He served with the British Expeditionary Force in North Russia between 1918-1919 and this was followed by a brief sojourn in South Russia, 1919-1920. He then worked in Estonia and Latvia as a shipping agent, 1924-1940. He returned to northern Russia from 1941-1942 as a Ministry of War Transport representative with the Murmansk convoys. He died in 1959.


The material is arranged in chronological order.

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Donated in 1995 and 1996.

Other Finding Aids

Unpublished handlist

Conditions Governing Use

For permission to publish, please contact Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library in the first instance

Related Material

Associated Material held elsewhere: George E. Cormack's memoirs and papers are held at Imperial War Museum Department of Documents [reference 92/21/1]; Two photograph albums Imperial War Museum Photographic Archive [reference 9205- 03]