Dr Timothy Bowman

Reader in Military History
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Born and raised in Bangor, Co. Down, Dr Timothy Bowman took his first degree from The Queen's University of Belfast in 1995 and then completed his PhD in 1999 in the now sadly defunct Department of History at the University of Luton (now Bedfordshire) under the supervision of Professor Ian F. W. Beckett.

He held lecturing posts at The Queen's University of Belfast, University of Durham and King's College London (based at the Joint Services Command and Staff College) before coming to Kent in 2005.

Research interests

To date, Timothy's research has considered aspects of the British army, c. 1850-1918; the Ulster Volunteer Force, 1910-22; and Ireland and the First World War. During the centenary anniversary of the First World War he acted as an academic advisor to BBC Northern Ireland for the World War 1 at Home series of radio programmes. 

Timothy is currently completing a book, Irish recruitment to the British armed forces, 1914-18, with William Butler and Michael Wheatley, due to be published by Liverpool University Press in 2020. He is also working on an edited collection of the military papers of Field Marshal Sir Claude Auchinleck, 1940-47, for publication by the Army Records Society. Timothy's next major project will consider the role of the Irish soldier in the British army since c. 1680.    


Timothy teaches on aspects of military history including the British army and society since 1660 and the First World War. 

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