Field Marshall Haig’s name had disappeared from the remembrance poppy by the end of the 20th century. When Australian’s remember the thousands of ‘fallen’, we need to remember that Haig was personally responsible for so many of their deaths.
The above map is my way of using Haig’s name to remember names of Nations whose people died fighting for their Countries. (Each Nation can be identified by hovering or clicking on the dots in the maps which are accessed through the links.) Such memorials in Australia are not easy to find and often need to be actively sought out. This is an active line of inquiry for me, so corrections and additional references are welcome.
I am interested that Brisbane City Council’s Streets of Remembrance Project did not award Haig Rd with the Australian Defence Force’s Rising Sun. His contemporaries and peers, Kitchener and Birdwood, received the recognition from BCC. My hunch is that he does not embody the ‘Spirit’ the project wants to promote. Even if Haig is being separated from Australia’s myth-making about war, the country-wide memorials to him (which take the form of street names) serve my purpose in this map of highlighting that Australia is a land of many different nations, who have much to offer our collective remembrance.