Nick Lloyd, BA (Hons), PhD, is Senior Lecturer in Defence Studies at King's College London based at the Joint Services Command & Staff College in Shrivenham, Wiltshire. He specializes in British military and imperial history in the era of the Great War.
Born in Chester in 1980, he graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2001, where he went on to study for a PhD on 'The British Expeditionary Force and the Battle of Loos, 1915', under the supervision of Dr John Bourne. While at Birmingham, he was the founding editor of the Journal of the Centre for First World War Studies. He joined King's College London in 2006 and was initially based at the RAF College in Cranwell, Lincolnshire, before moving to the JSCSC in July 2007.
His first book, LOOS 1915 (Stroud: Tempus, 2006; republished by The History Press in 2008), focused on the Battle of Loos (September - October 1915) and the development of the British Army on the Western Front. He examined the state of the British Expeditionary Force in 1915 and looked at the way in which operations were planned and directed by British High Command, particularly Sir Douglas Haig. He was a historical adviser on the film My Boy Jack (2007), starring Daniel Radcliffe, which looked at the life of John Kipling, son of the poet of Empire, who was killed at Loos.
Since finishing this project, he has concentrated on British imperial history and has recently completed a new book, THE AMRITSAR MASSACRE: The Untold Story of One Fateful Day. In this new account he challenges much of the conventional historical wisdom on this infamous event and argues that the British response to disorder in India in 1919 was far more responsible and restrained than has previously been assumed. It was published by I.B. Tauris in September 2011.
He has just completed a new history of the end of the Great War entitled HUNDRED DAYS: The End of the Great War, which has just been published by Penguin. A US edition, published by Basic Books, is due out in January 2014.