Owen Dawson

Postgraduate research student

I began my PhD studentship in September 2015, having been awarded the History and Archaeology Department’s John Doran Memorial Scholarship to undertake research into a subject related to ‘minorities and the First World War’. Prior to my PhD studentship, I completed a BA in History at the University of Leeds in 2004, achieving first class honours; and subsequently a MA in Heritage Management at Bangor University. After completing my MA I worked in the heritage sector.


My thesis will examine cultural interactions between the British army and Indian army during the First World War. India’s participation in the conflict is an under-researched topic, and I aim to shed light on the British army’s treatment of Indian servicemen, and explore how British military personnel interacted with the hundreds and thousands of sepoys who fought for Britain and her Empire. Particular attention will be given to researching if and how Britain’s imperial rule of India and associated racial preconceptions impacted on Indian and British relations and interactions.