Douglas Haig Fellowship

A quick pointer to an organisation that will be of interest to anyone who studies the Great War and in particular, the British Expeditionary Force.

The Douglas Haig Fellowship was set up in 1995 to commemorate and study the life of Douglas Haig (1861-1928), Field Marshal Earl Haig of Bemersyde, his achievements, those of the forces he commanded, and the continuing military historical lessons to be derived from all of these.

The Fellowship seeks to encourage further objective study of the contribution of the Field Marshal to military reform; his generalship and that of his subordinate commanders; the command and control of the British Army during the First World War; the form and working of the relationship between the political Supreme Command and Military Commanders; the conduct of coalition operations; the principles and application of military doctrine generally; the efficiency of military medicine and medical services; and the public duty of care for veterans.

Each year a Member of the Fellowship is appointed Haig Fellow and is asked to give a paper at the Annual Lunch held close to the anniversary of the birth of Earl Haig, on 19th June. Former Haig Fellows have included John Terraine, Professor Peter Simkins, Professor Gary Sheffield, Major Gordon Corrigan, Major-General Julian Thompson and Professor William Philpott. The Fellowship has also established an award for a Haig Scholar, an undergraduate or Master of Arts student, who had distinguished him/herself by the excellence of their dissertation or thesis.

Membership of the Fellowship is open to all who are sympathy with the above aims and entitles the member to receive a copy of the Fellowship’s journal “Records” as well as attendance at the Annual Lecture, held as part of the AGM, and the annual luncheon.

More information can be found at the Fellowship’s website – Douglas Haig Fellowship

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