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Shanghai Volunteer Corps Armoured Car Company, 1932

Shanghai Volunteer Corps Armoured Car Company, 1932

Ep01-279. © 2013 Adrienne Livesey, Elaine Ryder and Irene Brien.

Along with the International Settlement policy, the first line of foreign Shanghai's defence was the Shanghai Volunteer Corps. Ephgrave joined the Armoured Car Company, shown here at the Shanghai Race Club in 1932 preparing to have an official photograph taken. A significant proportion of young British men in particular​ joined the Corps, regularly parading through the streets, showing the strength of foreign power, and intent, then heading off to the their offices to trade. The irony was not lost on many of them; it was hardly lost on Shanghai Chinese.