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Brothers in Alms - Kitchener and Haig

Field Marshalls Kitchener and Haig were both important military leaders and both Freemasons. Kitchener had been the face on the recruitment posters as the most celebrated war hero of the age and Haig commanded the British armed forces from 1915 to the War’s end. Kitchener was killed on board the “Hampshire” in 1916 on his way to Russia to offer increased support to the Tsar when the ship was hit and almost all the men on board were killed. Haig was blamed for the great loss of life in the conflict but dedicated his life thereafter to the welfare of those who fell and those who returned.




India Kitchener with his personal staff in India: Lieutenant Wylly; Captain Livingston-Learmonth; Captain O. Fitzgerald; Colonel Birdwood and Captain Basset, c.1903


A worker poses with British made dolls representing The King, Lord Kitchener, Sir John French, Sir John Jellicoe, and General Joffre, c.1915

War Dolls

Kitchener at the Coronation rehearsal at Westminster Abbey, London, June 1911

The Coronation

Kitchener with Admiral Sir Frederic Dreyer on board the Flagship HMS Iron Duke at Scapa Flow, Orkney, June 1916

Final Photo

Kitchener with King George V, Queen Mary, HH Prince Mohamed Ali Pasha and General Sir Francis Reginald Wingate at Port Said, Egypt, c.1912

Port Said

Kitchener and Claude Reigner Conder, c.1890


Kitchener inspecting the Victorian Infantry in Melbourne, c.1910



Field Marshal Douglas Haig

Haig explaining the capture of Thiepval to King George V from the top of Thiepval Chateau, October 1916

Battle of Thiepval Ridge

Haig with Liberal statesman Lord Richard Haldane, 8 March 1914

Two Sons of Edinburgh

Haig with King George V, French President Raymond Poincare, General Joseph Joffre, and General Ferdinand Foch on the balustraded terrace of Haig’s headquarters at Beauquesne, France, 12 August 1916

The Somme

Haig with Prime Minister David Lloyd-George and General Joffre at the 14th Army Corps headquarters at Meaulte, France, 12 September 1916

The Somme

Workers decorate Old Bill, a WWI bus with garlands and wreaths for Poppy Day in honour of WWI Armistice. The symbol was adopted by Haig in 1921, as a founder of the Royal British Legion, c.1921

Poppy Appeal

Haig reviewing Canadian troops following their success in breaking through the German line at Drocourt-Quentin, 31 August 1918

Battle of Drocourt-Queant Line

The Young Haig

The Young Haig

Statue of Haig (1861-1928) silhouetted against floodlit Edinburgh Castle, 19 March 1935


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