Jessica Meyer

Job Title: UAF in Legacies of War

I graduated from Yale University and hold an MPhil in European Studies and a PhD in Modern History from the University of Cambridge. My principle publications include a monograph, Men of War: Masculinity and the First World War in Britain, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) and two journal articles, ‘‘Not Septimus Now”: Wives of Disabled Veterans and Cultural Memory of the First World War in Britain’ (Women’s History Review, 2004) and ‘Separating the Men from the Boys: Masculinity and maturity in understandings of shell shock in Britain’ (20th Century British History, 2009).


My current research project, ‘Masculinity and Medical Care in Britain during the First World War’, examines the roles and experiences of military and voluntary medical caregivers during the war. While the project looks in part at the work of medical volunteers, such as the members of the Friends’ Ambulance Unit, the primary focus is on the work of non-commissioned men serving with the Royal Army Medical Corps throughout the war. I am currently putting together the manuscript for a book on the roles and status men in the RAMC during the First World War for submission to OUP.


This research forms part of Legacies of War, the on-going First World War research and engagement project organised by the University of Leeds in conjunction with institutions throughout the city and Yorkshire region. As UAF in Legacies of War, I will continue my work with this project as strand leader for the Medicine and War strand. I have recently secured a European Research Council Starting Grant which will fund a 5-year project exploring the relationships between the State, charities and families in Britain in providing medical and social care to disabled ex-servicemen after the First World War. As part of this project, I will be creating a database of information held in the files created by the Ministry of Pensions relating to 22,800 pensioners, currently held at the National Archives. In addition to a variety of academic outputs, I will develop a number of impact and engagement projects exploring the roles of families in the provision of care to disabled ex-service personnel today.



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