Emeritus Professor David Killingray

Staff details

Position Emeritus Professor of Modern History
Department History
Email d.killingray (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 7919 7490
Emeritus Professor David Killingray

Academic qualifications

  • BSc(Econ) London School of Economics, 1962
  • PGCE University of York, 1967
  • PhD School of Oriental and African Studies, London, 1982

Research Interests

19th-20th century Africa and Caribbean, the black diaspora English local history, modern church and mission history.


Publications and research outputs


Killingray, David and Plaut, Martin. 2012. Fighting for Britain. African Soldiers in the Second World War. James Currey. ISBN 978-1847010476

Killingray, David. 2004. An Historical Atlas of Kent. Phillimore. ISBN 1860772552

Killingray, David. 2004. Sevenoaks People and Faith: Two Thousand Years of Religious Belief and Practice. Phillimore. ISBN 1860772978

Killingray, David and Phillips, H.. 2003. The Spanish Influenza Pandemic of 1918-19. London and New York: Routledge. ISBN 041523445X

Edited Book

Killingray, David and Clegg, Peter, eds. 2012. The Non-Independent Territories of the Caribbean and Pacific: Continuity or Change? Univeraity Of London: Institute of Commonwealth Studies. ISBN 978-0956954602

Killingray, David and Purves, Elizabeth, eds. 2012. Sevenoaks: An Historical Dictionary. Andover.

Book Section

Killingray, David. 2013. ‘African slaves in Britain in the early modern period’. In: Klaus Bade; Pieter Emmer; Leo Lucassen and Jochen Oltmer, eds. The Encyclopaedia of Migration and Minorities in Europe. From the Seventeenth century to the Present. Cambridge University Press, pp. 211-213. ISBN 978-1107614857

Killingray, David. 2012. ‘British decolonisation and the smaller territories: the origins of the UK Overseas Territories’. In: David Killingray and Peter Clegg, eds. The Non-Independent Territories of the Caribbean and Pacific: Continuity or Change. University of London: Institute of Commonwealth Studies, pp. 1-18. ISBN 978-0956954602

Killingray, David. 2012. ‘The War in Africa’. In: John Horne, ed. A Companion to World War I. Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 112-126. ISBN 978-1119968702

Killingray, David. 2009.  ‘A Good West Indian, a Good African, and, in Short, a Good Britisher’: Black and British in a Colour-Conscious Empire, 1760-1950’. In: Robert Holland and Sarah Stockwell, eds. Ambiguities of Empire. Routledge. ISBN 978-0415466585

Killingray, David. 2009. ‘A pandemia de gripe de 1918-1919: causas, evolução e consequências’. In: Jose Manuel Sobral, ed. A Pandemia Esquecida: Olhares comparados sobre a pneumónica 1918-19 (Forgotten Pandemic: Comparative views on the Spanish ‘Influenza: 1918-19). Lisboa: Imprensa de Ciências Sociais, pp. 41-61.


Killingray, David and Fogarty, Richard. 2015. Demobilization in British and French Africa at the End of the First World War. Journal of Contemporary History, 50(1), pp. 100-123. ISSN 0022-0094

Killingray, David. 2015. ‘An African Pentecostal pioneer in Peckham: Thomas Brem Wilson (1867-1929) and Pentecostal origins in south London’. Journal of Religion in Africa, ISSN 0022-4200

Killingray, David. 2012.  ‘Significant Black South Africans in Britain before 1912: pan-African organisations and the emergence of South Africa’s first Black lawyers’. South African Historical Journal, 64(3), pp. 393-417. ISSN 0258-2473

Killingray, David. 2011. ‘Immigrant communities and British local history’. The Local Historian, 41(1), pp. 4-12.

Killingray, David. 2011. ‘“Gossiping the Gospel”: indigenous mission in Africa’. Transformation, 28(2), pp. 1-10. ISSN 0265-3788

Killingray, David. 2011. ‘New research on the British Empire and the Second World War: Africa at war: voices from below’. Global War Studies, 8(1), pp. 7-13. ISSN 1949-8489

Killingray, David. 2010. ‘“Tin trunk literati” and beyond: hidden sources for Africa’s history’. African Research & Documentation, 112, pp. 5-13. ISSN 0305-862X

Killingray, David. 2010. ‘Empire and Christian Missions: Opposition, opportunities, obstacles’. Christianity & History Forum Bulletin, pp. 31-43.

Killingray, David. 2010.  ‘Influences shaping the human landscape of the Sevenoaks area since c.1600’. Archaeologia Cantiana, 130, pp. 35-64. ISSN 0066-5894

Killingray, David. 2009. Rights, Land, and Labour: Black British Critics of South African Policies Before 1948. Journal of Southern African Studies, 35(2), pp. 375-398. ISSN 0305-7070

Killingray, David. 2003. The Black Atlantic Missionary Movement and Africa, 1780s-1920s. Journal of Religion in Africa, 33(1), pp. 3-31. ISSN 00224200

Conference or Workshop Item

Killingray, David. 2012. 'Africa and the Two World Wars'. In: papers to conferences at the Imperial War Museum. Imperial War Museum, London, United Kingdom 10 July and 19 July 2012.

Killingray, David. 2012. '‘The Revd Dr. Theophilus Scholes (1856-1940?): black Baptist critic at the heart of Empire’'. In: Baptist Historical Society annual conference. Regent’s Park College, Oxford, United Kingdom 4-7 July 2012.

Killingray, David. 2012. '‘Black peoples in English localities’'. In: ‘Local and Regional History’ seminar. Institute of Historical Research, London, United Kingdom.

Killingray, David. 2012. 'paper'. In: seminar on ‘Christian Mission and Global History’, 6 March 2012. UNDEFINED.

Killingray, David. 2012. '‘Black people in English localities: sources and significance’'. In: British Association of Local History lecture. Wolfson College, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Killingray, David. 2011. ' ‘Minding the gaps of South Africa’s recent history’, ‘Cast in concrete? Revisiting pre-1994 histories of resistance in South Africa’'. In: Colloquium, University of Stellenbosch. University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Killingray, David and Fogarty, Richard. 2011. '‘Responses to demobilisation in British and French Africa and the end of the First World War’'. In: to ‘The “brutalization thesis” revisited: demobilization and remobilization after the Great War’. University College Dublin, Ireland.

Killingray, David. 2011. '‘Godly examples and agents: training African missionary workers in British institutions in the nineteenth century’'. In: ‘Europe as the Other: External perspectives on European Christianity’, Colloquy at the Institut für Europäische Geschichte. Mainz, Germany 1-3 September 2011.