I sent my boys to die in waves
They walked to their deaths, obedient and brave
There were no ways, no other ways
I have to say that every day - to keep insanity at bay
The day will come when my soul is weighed
I'll bear this burden to the the grave and beyond
What will men say, when I am gone
The day will come, and I know what they'll say
They'll curse the name of Douglas Haig
© nigel hallworth 2014
After the war, Douglas Haig worked selflessly on veterans' causes.
A million people watched his funeral
He lay in state in Edinburgh - there was a mile-long queue in the rain and sleet.
He reprieved 9 out of every 10 men sentenced to death.