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Guest speaker visit gives insight into Great War


Guest speaker visit gives insight into Great War

Dr James McConnel of Northumbria University will be outlining his recent research on ‘Geordies’ in Dominion Armies at the forthcoming First World War Centenary Lecture Series at the University of Wolverhampton.

The guest speaker specialising in the research of modern Irish political history in the period of the First World War, will be discussing his paper which draws upon his ongoing research and examination of men and women from the Northeast of England who served in the armies of Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Newfoundland.

The event, which is open to the public, is being held in Room 228 at the Millennium City building in the City Campus at the University of Wolverhampton, and will take place on Wednesday 10 February, 5.30pm until 7.00pm. It is the seventh lecture in the Centenary Series being held in partnership with the Western Front Association (WFA) which began in 2014 and will run until 2018.

War lecture series at the University

The lectures are intended to educate the public in the history of the Great War; with previous war discussions focusing on topics such as British society and Chemical Warfare.

The WFA, which generously supports the events with a grant, are committed to perpetuating the memory, courage and comradeship of all those involved with the First World War and have supported many remembrance and research projects to date to honour the lives lost and saved during battle.

Dr James, whose research is funded by the Living Legacies WW1 Centre at Queen’s University in Belfast, said: “It is an honour to be able to share my thoughts and opinions with others and discuss my ongoing research. The First World War was an extremely devastating time, but also a time that should never be forgotten or ignored. I believe it is always important to teach others, and learn yourself in the process.”

The event is free but anyone interested in attending should register their details in advance with Dr Phylomena Badsey by emailing:

For more information on the research of guest speaker, Dr James McConnel, please visit:


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Date Issued: 03.02.2016

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