The Vic-sur-Aisne National Cemetery
La nécropole nationale de Vic-sur-Aisne. © ECPAD
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The Vic-sur-Aisne National Cemetery holds the remains of 3,046 French soldiers, 932 of whom lie in two ossuaries, and seven other soldiers killed during the Second World War. Built in 1921, this cemetery was further developed up to 1935 to make room for exhumed bodies from the military cemetries of the west of Soissons.
Among these soldiers is a Chinese legionnaire, MA YI PAO (plot F, grave no. 59). A Muslim, Ma Yi Pao had left his country, then in the midst of political instability, to escape religious persecution. At 24 years of age, he joined the Foreign Legion. Although most of his countrymen were employed as workers, he is the only Chinese soldier now recognised to have died for France, on 2 September 1918, of his wounds, in the Jaulzy ambulance, in Oise.
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