Staff Profile: Dr Spencer Jones

FacultyDr Spencer Jones

Faculty of Social Sciences

School‌

School of Social, Historical and Political Studies (SSHiPS)

Role

Senior Lecturer in Armed Forces and War Studies

Contact details

Direct line: 01902 322700

Email:  spencer.jones@wlv.ac.uk

Address:            

University of Wolverhampton
Faculty of Social Sciences
Mary Seacole Building
Nursery  Street
Wolverhampton
WV1 1AD

Biography

Dr. Spencer Jones currently holds the post of Senior Lecturer in Armed Forces and War Studies at the University of Wolverhampton. In addition, since October 2013 he has served as the Regimental Historian for the Royal Regiment of Artillery.

His key works include the award-nominated From Boer War to World War: Tactical Reform of the British Army 1902 - 1914 (University of Oklahoma Press, 2012) and the edited collection Stemming the Tide: Officers and Leadership in the British Expeditionary Force 1914 (Helion & Co., 2013), which was runner-up for the 2013 Templer Medal. His most recent work, Courage without Glory: The British Army on the Western Front 1915 (Helion & Co., 2015) has been shortlisted for the British Army Book of the Year Award.

Spencer is a frequent contributor to BBC History Magazine and has appeared on a number of BBC television programmes including The One Show, Who Do You Think You Are and The Quizeum.

Academic qualifications 

PhD – History, 2009

MPhil – History, 2006

BA (Hons.) War Studies and History, 2002

Teaching interests

Dr. Jones is course leader for the BSc Armed Forces degree and teaches on the MA in British First World War Studies. Subjects covered at undergraduate level include contemporary British conflicts, propaganda, military leadership and total war.

Professional body membership and roles

British Commission for Military History 

Regimental Historian of the Royal Regiment of Artillery

Council Member of the Army Records Society

Co-Investigator for the Voices of War & Peace Engagement Centre

Research interests

Dr Jones's research interests focus upon the history of the British Army, with a particular emphasis on the Anglo-Boer War (1899 - 1902) and the First World War (1914 - 1918). His work in this field is wide ranging, covering command, leadership, morale, recruitment, tactics and training. 

He is an acknowledged specialist in the battles of 1914-15 and holds a particular interest in the development and implementation of battle tactics.

PhD supervision

British military studies 1861 – 1918, particularly those pertaining to the Anglo-Boer War or First World War.

External academic roles

  • Regimental Historian of the Royal Regiment of Artillery
  • British Commission for Military History
  • Council Member of the Army Records Society
  • Co-Investigator for the Voices of War & Peace Engagement Centre

Selected publications

Books

Courage without Glory: The British Army on the Western Front 1915 (Solihull, Helion and Company, 2015) https://www.amazon.co.uk/Courage-Without-British-Wolverhampton-Military/dp/1910777188

The Great Retreat of 1914: From Mons to the Marne (London, Endeavour 2014) - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Great-Retreat-1914-Mons-Marne-ebook/dp/B013JUZ7FK

Stemming the Tide: Officers and Leadership in the British Expeditionary Force 1914 (Solihull, Helion and Company, 2013.) https://www.amazon.co.uk/Stemming-Officers-Leadership-Expeditionary-Wolverhampton/dp/1910294721

From Boer War to World War: Tactical Reform of the British Army 1899 - 1914 (Norman, University of Oklahoma Press, 2012) https://www.amazon.co.uk/Boer-War-World-1902-1914-Commanders-ebook/dp/0806144157

Articles

'Shooting Power':  A Study of the Effectiveness of Boer and British Rifle Fire, 1899 – 1914, British Journal for Military History, 1(1), 2014, pp.29 - 47

'Scouting for Soldiers:  Reconnaissance and the British Cavalry 1899 – 1914', War in History, 18(4), November 2011, pp.495 – 515

'The Influence of Horse Supply on Field Artillery of the American Civil War,' Journal of Military History 74(2), April 2010, pp. 357 – 377.

Chapters

'Toothless Lions: Firepower and Equipment in the British Army on the Western Front, 1915' in Peter Liddle (ed.) Britain and a Widening War, 1915-16: From Gallipoli to the Somme (Barnsley, Pen & Sword, 2016)

'"To make war as we must, and not as we should like":  The British Army and the Problem of the Western Front, 1915' in Spencer Jones (ed.) Courage without Glory: The British Army on the Western Front 1915 (Solihull, Helion & Co., 2015)

'True Grit:  Officers of the British Expeditionary Force and the Great Retreat, 1914' in Peter Liddle (ed.) Britain Goes to War; How the First World War Began to Reshape the Nation (Barnsley, Pen & Sword, 2015)

'Applying Colonial Lessons to European War:  The British Expeditionary Force 1914' in Jonathan Krause (ed.) The Greater War: Essays on Other Combatants and Other Fronts, 1914 - 1918 (London, Palgrave MacMillan, 2014)

'The Thin Khaki Line:  The Evolution of Infantry Attack Formations in the British Army 1899 – 1914', in Ross Mahoney, Stuart Mitchell and Michael LoCicero (Eds.) A Military Transformed? Transformation and Innovation in the British Military, 1815-1945 (Solihull, Helion and Company, 2014)

'An Officer of Rare and Unusual Coolness:  General Sir Horace Lockwood Smith-Dorrien' in Spencer Jones (ed.) Stemming the Tide:  Officers and Leadership in the British Expeditionary Force 1914 (Solihull, Helion and Company, 2013)

'The Demon':  Brigadier General Charles Fitzclarence V.C.' in Spencer Jones (ed.) Stemming the Tide:  Officers and Leadership in the British Expeditionary Force 1914 (Solihull, Helion and Company, 2013)

Further information

Visit Dr Jones' YouTube Channel to watch and listen to lectures he has delivered for the Western Front Association, Midlands History Society and University of Wolverhampton First World War Study Day Series.