Haig was born in 1861 in Edinburgh. He was commissioned in the cavalry and served both in the campaigns in the Sudan and in the Boer War in South Africa. In 1904 he was made a general and was knighted in 1905. Sir Douglas Haig is most associated with leading the British army in the battles of the Somme and Passchendaele in World War One, when many soldiers lost their lives. On his return home after the war, Field Marshal Haig became the Founder President of the newly-formed British Legion. The Legion's purpose, then and now, was to give practical help to all men and women who have served in the Forces in time of need, and to their widows and dependants. The Legion's Poppy Factory started its activities in 1922.

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This story could be used as an introduction to key figures in World War One. Alternatively, it could provide stimulus for art and craft activities for younger children, making or painting poppies.