Alan Roderick Haig-Brown was born on the 6th September 1877, fifth son of Rev. Canon William Haig-Brown, Headmaster of Charterhouse School, and Annie Marion (nee Rowsell) Haig-Brown of 19 Tite Street, Chelsea, London.

He was educated at Oxford Preparatory School (the Dragon School) from 1888 until 1890. Between 1890 and 1896 he attended Charterhouse and went on to Pembroke College, Cambridge where he achieved an MA.  He became an Assistant Master at Lancing College.

In 1906 he was commissioned into the 2nd Volunteer Battalion of the Sussex Regiment and became Officer Commanding, Lancing Officer Training Corps.

In October 1901 he signed league forms to play as an amateur for Tottenham Hotspurs Football Club. He played in six matches during the 1902/3 season.

In 1907 he married Violet Mary Pope. The marriage was registered in Dorchester.


Alan Roderick Haig-Brown
Following the outbreak of war he assisted in the training of twelve New Army Battalions before he transferred on the 1st January 1916 from the Officer Training Corps (Territorial Army Unattached List) to the 23rd Battalion Middlesex Regiment. He was promoted to Major on the same day.

He was initially stationed at Salamanca Barracks at Aldershot and made a short trip to France in an instructional role in early 1916.

He embarked for France with 23rd Battalion, Middlesex Regiment on the 3rd May 1916.

On the 16th September 1916 he was appointed as Commanding Officer of the 23rd Battalion and was promoted to Temporary Lieutenant Colonel on the same day.

Between 1916 and 1918 he was wounded twice.

On 25th May 1917 and on one other occasion he was mentioned in despatches.

He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for ‘distinguished service in the field’ which
was announced in the London Gazette of the 4th June 1917.

In February 1918 while on leave Alan Haig-Brown visited Lancing College.

In March 1918, 23rd Battalion, Middlesex Regiment was part of 123rd Brigade, 41st Division.
The Division returned to France from Italy where it had been posted in November 1917.

41st Division took part in the 1st Battle of Bapaume on 24th – 25th March 1918.

At 8am on the 25th March the enemy opened artillery fire and quickly followed this with an infantry attack in massed formation. British troops to the front of the Middlesex Regiment fell back and passed through their line. The Middlesex Regiment fought on until both their flanks were left exposed and they were forced to retire. The Battalion retired to Gommecourt where they were reorganised following the loss of Lieutenant Colonel Haig-Brown who was killed in action during the assault.

He is buried in Plot IV, Row, D, Grave 3 of Achiet-le-Grand Communal Cemetery Extension. Achiet-le-Grand is a village 19 kilometres south of Arras, France.
Achiet-le-Grand Communal Cemetery Extension – Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Achiet-le-Grand was occupied by the 7th Bedfords on 17 March 1917, lost on 25 March 1918 after a defence by the 1st/6th Manchesters, and recaptured on 23 August 1918. From April 1917 to March 1918, the village was occupied by the 45th and 49th Casualty Clearing Stations. Achiet station was an allied railhead. The communal cemetery and extension were used by Commonwealth medical units from April 1917 to March 1918. The extension was also used by the Germans to a small extent in March and April 1918, and again by Commonwealth troops in August 1918. After the Armistice Plot III and most of Plot IV were made when 645 graves, mainly of 1916 and March and August 1918, were brought in from the battlefields around Achiet and from the other small burial grounds.

Alan Haig-Brown is also remembered together with his brother-in-law, E. Alexander Pope on a plaque in St Mary’s Church, Stratton.

The plaque reads: In memory of Lieut Col E Alexander Pope D.S.O.  J.P. The Welsh Regt who raised & commanded the 12th Battn South Wales Borderers, Second son of Alfred Pope of Wrackleford. Died of disease contracted on active service 9th April 1919 aged 43 years  Also of Lieut Col A. R. Haig-Brown D.S.O.  B.A. Cantab of the Duke of Cambridges Own (Middlesex Regt) son-in-law of Alfred Pope. Killed In Action in France 25th March 1918 aged 40 years
Memorial Plaque - Stratton Parish Church
  His name also appear on the memorial Plaque at All Saints Church, Dorchester.  
Lancing College War Memorial –
  Alan Haig-Brown is further remembered on the War Memorials at Oxford Preparatory School and Charterhouse School.

Mr & Mrs Alfred Pope and Mrs A. R. Haig-Brown were present at the dedication of Stratton War Memorial on 30th November 1919.
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