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Experiences of the Great War

Haig founds British Legion

Earl Haig helped unite the various groups of ex-servicemen into the 'British Legion' in 1921. He became the Legion's first President, acting on behalf of the former soldiers until his death in 1928.

While this stemmed from a genuine concern for former soldiers, another factor was Douglas Haig's concern to maintain the political status quo — something that could be threatened by the uncontrolled proliferation of politicised ex-servicemen's groups.

The leaflet shown here records a meeting in Paisley in October 1919 at which the issues of ex-servicemen's groups was discussed.

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