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Prestigious honour for influential historian


A University of Wolverhampton historian has received a prestigious national accolade for his work on the First World War. 

Dr Spencer Jones has been made a Haig Fellow for 2018 by the Douglas Haig Fellowship, an educational charity established more than 20 years ago.

The charity promotes the study of the life of Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig, the British Army’s Commander-in-Chief on the Western Front during the Great War. It encourages scholarship and debate on him and the forces he commanded, framed against the wider course of the First World War and its enduring legacy.

Each year the Fellowship nominates a Haig Fellow, a prestigious title bestowed to an individual whose writing and scholarship has made a significant contribution to the field of First World War studies.

Dr Jones, Senior Lecturer in Armed Forces and War Studies at the University of Wolverhampton, is a noted expert on the British Army in the First World War. He was nominated for his extensive research work, which has cast important new light on the events of 1914 and 1915.

Dr Jones, who has a particular interest in the development and implementation of battle tactics, said: “I was delighted to be made a Haig Fellow and will be presenting my research to the Fellowship next year.”

He joins a distinguished list of historians to have been appointed to the honour, including John Terraine, Corelli Barnett, Charles Messenger, and Professor William Philpott.

Dr Jones will present a paper to the Fellowship’s annual lunch at the Cavalry & Guards Club, Piccadilly, London, in June 2018. The event will be hosted by the Fellowship’s chairman, Lord Astor of Hever, the Field Marshal’s grandson.

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