Haig, Sir Douglas. British general. Born in 1861. Educated at Brasenose College, Oxford, Joining the army in 1885, Haig distinguished himself at Atbara and Khartum in the Sudan campaign, 1898, and was chief of staff during the Colesberg campaign in South Africa, 1899-1900. He was made major-general in 1904, chief of staff for India, and general commander at Aldershot in 1912. In the early months of the European war, Haig commanded a British division in France, and near the close of the year 1915, succeeded Sir John French as commander-in-chief of the British armies in France.