Douglas Haig


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.