Field Marshal Douglas Haig (1861-1928) was the commander of the British Expeditionary Force on the Wester Front from the end of 1915 until the end of the First World War.
He oversaw the Battle Of The Somme and Third Battle Of Ypres. While many in Britain genuinely mourned his passing at the time, he was later to become known as a butcher, whose leadership cause millions of casualties in costly but epic offensives.
He served in Sudan, South Africa and India before the First World War.
Arguably one of the most well-known portrayals of Haig came in season four of the BBC comedy series “Blackadder”, with the commander played by Geoffrey Palmer of “As Time Goes By” fame.