Haig was born in 1861 in Edinburgh. He was commissioned in the cavalry in 1885 and served both in the campaigns in the Sudan and in the Boer War in South Africa between 1899 and 1902. 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 was then - as it remains today -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. Douglas Haig used to say that the provision of work for disabled ex-servicemen was as important as raising money. He always took the greatest personal interest in the Legion's Poppy Factory. This factory started its activities in 1922 with five disabled ex-servicemen working in a room over a shop in Bermondsey in South London.

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After viewing the animation, groups of children could research the history of the Battle of the Somme, using books, digital resources and the web. Children could research Douglas Haig further, use the animation and write a short biography. Children could write and lead a Remembrance Day assembly or service for the class to deliver to the whole school or Key Stage. Dr John McCrae's 'In Flanders Field' could be used as a stimulus for children to write their own poetry about World War One and life in the trenches.