Douglas Haig Fellowship Lecture - Haig's Right Hand Man: Sir Herbert Lawrence as the British Army's Chief of Staff in 1918

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A lecture by Paul Harris, writer and lecturer, commemorating the life of Field Marshal Earl Haig of Bemersyde and the forces he commanded.

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Lieutenant General Sir Herbert Lawrence, Chief of Staff of the British Army in 1918, remains one of the forgotten figures of the First World War. In his lecture, Paul Harris will argue that Lawrence made a major contribution to Allied victory. He will draw upon new research to shed light on the role and character of the man described by the Commander-in-Chief Sir Douglas Haig as his ‘right arm’.

Paul Harris works as a writer and lecturer. His first book, The Men Who Planned the War (2016) was a study of the staff of the British Army on the Western Front from 1914-1918. A second book covering the career of Lieutenant-General Sir Herbert Lawrence, Chief of Staff to Field Marshal Haig, is due to be published in 2018. He completed a PhD on the staff of the British Army at the Department of War Studies, King's College London in 2013. Prior to that, he worked in the financial markets in the City of London. He is a member of the British Commission for Military History and serves on the committee of the Douglas Haig Fellowship.

Wreath-Laying Ceremony

The audience are invited to attend a wreath-laying ceremony at the mounted memorial to Field Marshal Earl Haig at 1400 in Whitehall.

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A sandwich lunch will be served from 1215.

To attend this event, please register online using the "Book your place" button above. If you have any queries please contact Aisha Ahmad, at or call +44 (0)20 7747 2600.


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