Earl Haig dubious about pardons

Earl Haig (88), the son of General Haig has expressed concerns about Des Browne’s plan to pardon all 306 WW1 soldiers shot for desertion and similar offences. He says “Basically, one can’t rewrite history,” and points out:

My father took a lot of trouble anxiously going into these cases late into the night. The majority were not shot. Courts martial were carefully done. He did not just sign on the dotted line. It was a terribly sad situation and some of these soldiers were genuinely shell-shocked. But many were rogues, persistent deserters and criminals, or they were guilty of cowardice.

Accounts of his statement are online at The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph..


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