Martin Watts

Principal Research Fellow

Research Profile

Martin’s research centres on the military, political and social effects of conflict, using primary source material from both official and personal archives, to explain the lived experience of those involved. In addition, Martin is interested in the effect of the industrial revolution upon Kent society, and exploring the strong connections between Kent and the armed forces during both world wars. Martin is now engaged with the Whitstable Maritime Project, an ongoing collaboration linked to the maritime history and development of Whitstable.

Public Lectures and Conferences

  • CCCU Warfare Conference 10 June 2011, Paper delivered on Operation Market Garden.
  • TV appearance. Historian BBC1 ‘Inside Out’ 6 February 2012, covering the loss of HMS Hythe in the First World War.
  • Airborne Museum, Hotel Hartenstein, Oosterbeek, 10 June 2012, Lecture on the battle for Arnhem, delivered to friends of the Museum.
  • Canterbury Catch Club event, 27th April 2013, Canterbury Cathedral archives.
  • CCCU FAH event, Catch Club lecture, 7th June 2013, Canterbury Cathedral archives.
  • CCCU Local History Conference 29th June 2013, Chair, Modern Session.
  • Centre for Regional Kent History and Archaeology (CCCU). Communion and Sacrifice: St. Gregory’s War Memorial and The Great War, 29th November 2014, St. Gregory’s Centre, Canterbury.
  • Centre for Research in Kent History and Archaeology (CCCU). How the Great War changed Kent. Lectures and Workshops. 23rd May 2015, Old Sessions House CCCU.
  • ‘Being Human’ – ‘Searching the Past’ talk at Westminster Archives London – 20 November 2015.
  • Folkestone Book Festival: Talk – ‘Dover and the Great War’ 25 November 2015.
  • Shepherds Well History Society: Talk – ‘How the Great War changed Kent’ 26 November 2015.
  • Smarden Local History Society: Talk – ‘How the Great War changed Kent’ 17th March 2016.
  • Forthcoming- Centre for Research in Kent History & Archaeology (CCCU). Richborough through the Ages. Conference 25th June 2016, Old Sessions House CCCU. 



  • ‘The Jewish Legion and the First World War’ (Palgrave Macmillan 2004).


  • Operation Market Garden – Strategic Masterstroke or Battle of the Egos? Published History, Vol. 98 Issue 2 April 2013.
  • Maidstone and the First World War: Friendly Alien Recruitment and the Military Service Convention. Published Archaeologia Cantiana, Vol.CXXXIII 2013.
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: Brigadier J.O.E. Vandeleur September 2014.
  • Current research interests: Naval campaigns of the Second World War, Kent Society in 19th and early 20thCentury, Operation Market Garden and Immigration and Military Service.

Battlefield Tours

Numerous private tours undertaken with groups from the UK, Netherlands and Denmark, including Operation Market Garden (on behalf of the Friends of the Airborne Museum), Battle of the Bulge, Normandy, Ypres Salient, Somme and HMS Belfast.


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