The Whitehall Mystery – where’s Haig?


On a recent post-Royal Wedding visit to London, we followed the wedding route through Horse Guards onto Whitehall. At several places there are helpful maps of the local attractions supplied by The Royal Parks – useful for identifying the various statues in the vicinity.

I had a problem though – the statue I was coming to photograph apparently did not exist anymore. According to the map, turning right out of Horse Guards the first statue would be John Mills’ “Women At War” erected in 2005. Had “the Chief” been moved? Confusion was resolved a few minutes later – he was still there alright.

Determined to point out the error on the map, I contacted The Royal Parks. I noted that while Wolseley, Roberts & Kitchener were included, Haig had been omitted – was this simply a mistake?

Their answer: “Viscount Wolseley, Earl Roberts & Lord Kitchener – are all inside the park. Women of World War II & The Cenotaph – (were) chosen as key landmarks for navigation.”

On the face of it, technically correct – is it me or does this all have a slight air of rewriting history to fuel the “Donkeys” view of the war?

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