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Messines, 1917: battle,myth and memory

Time/Date - 13:00 - 14:00, Wed 7 Jun 2017

Lunch time lecture by Dr Timothy Bowman Senior Lecturer in British military history (University of Kent).

The Battle of Messines / Mesen in June 1917 was the major British offensive of that year and, by First World War standards, it was very successful. For the first time the 16th (Irish) and 36th (Ulster) Divisions, consisting of Irishmen from all over Ireland, attacked together. This shared sacrifice has led to some myths about Irish involvement in the war and has been the focus for memorialisation, perhaps most famously the Island of Ireland Peace Tower, unveiled in 1998.


Dr. Timothy Bowman is Senior Lecturer in modern British military history
 at the University of Kent. He is the author of a number of books, including Irish Regiments in the Great War: Discipline and Morale. His next book, The British Army in the First World War, co-authored with Ian Beckett and Mark Connelly is due out from Cambridge University Press soon.

Booking Information

  • The lecture will take place in the Lecture Theatre on the Ground Floor
  • The lecture is free but advance booking is advised
  • To book please click the 'Book Now' above


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