Robert Haining

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Sir Robert Haining
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General Sir Robert Haining
Born 1882
Died 1959 (aged 76 or 77)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1901–1942
Rank General
Unit Royal Artillery
Commands held British Forces in Palestine and Trans-Jordan
Western Command
Battles/wars First World War
Second World War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order

General Sir Robert Hadden Haining KCB DSO (1882–1959) was a British Army general who served during the Second World War.

Military career[edit]

Robert Haining was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1901.[1] He served during the First World War, and after he became a barrister at Lincoln's Inn.[1]

After attending the Staff College, Camberley, he was appointed Assistant Adjutant and Quartermaster General for 2nd Division based at Aldershot in 1928 and then became a General Staff Officer in 4th Division at Colchester in 1930.[1] He served in Military Operations in the War Office from 1931 to 1933 becoming Deputy Director of Military Operations and Intelligence at the War Office in 1933.[1] He became Commandant of the Imperial Defence College in 1935 and Director of Military Operations and Intelligence at the War Office in 1936.[1] He was appointed General Officer Commanding British Forces in Palestine and Trans-Jordan in 1938.[1]

At the outbreak of the Second World War he was appointed General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Command and moved on to be Vice Chief of the Imperial General Staff in 1940.[1] He was appointed Intendant General for Middle East Forces in 1941:[1] Prime Minister Winston Churchill described the role of an Intendant General to be that of "serving the Commander-in-Chief with the largest possible measure of supplies".[2] He retired from the British Army in 1942.[1]

He was Colonel Commandant of the Royal Artillery from 1939 to 1950.[1]

Retirement[edit]

In retirement he became Lord Lieutenant of Surrey.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Liddell Hart Centre for Military archives
  2. ^ Minister of State (Duties, Middle East) Hansard, 9 July 1941
  3. ^ Surrey Police
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Lionel Preston
Commandant of the Imperial Defence College
1935–1936
Succeeded by
Sir Arthur Longmore
Preceded by
John Dill
Director of Military Operations and Intelligence
1936–1938
Succeeded by
Henry Pownall
Preceded by
Archibald Wavell
General Officer Commanding
British Forces in Palestine and Trans-Jordan

1938–1939
Succeeded by
Michael Barker
Preceded by
Sir Henry Jackson
GOC-in-C Western Command
1939–1940
Succeeded by
Sir Robert Gordon-Finlayson
Preceded by
Sir John Dill
Vice Chief of the Imperial General Staff
1940–1941
Succeeded by
Sir Henry Pownall
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir Malcolm Fraser
Lord Lieutenant of Surrey
1949–1957
Succeeded by
The Earl of Munster