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Cabinet Photograph
H. Kisch - Photographer
Ladysmith, Natal, South Africa
c. 1903

Frederick Haines was born about 1870 at Islington, London, England in 1870. Attesting with the Prince of Wales's Own Leinster Regiment (Royal Canadians) as a boy (No. 504) of 14
years on 10 April 1884. Only his mother, Mrs. M. Haines is listed as next of kin in his service papers so he may have enlisted at such a young age out of economic necessity.

Appointed Bandsman on 26 December 1885, he was granted his first good conduct pay on 10 April 1886. Reaching the age of 18 on 10 April 1888 he was promoted private.

Appointments and promotions followed:

Appointed Lance Corporal - 25 January 1889
Promoted Corporal - 5 February 1890
Appointed Band Corporal - 21 August 1890
Appointed Lance Sergeant - 10 October 1890
Appointed Sergeant Drummer - 10 August 1891
Transfers as No. 4471 Sergeant to the 2/the King's Royal Lancaster Regiment - 4 May 1894
Posted Bandmaster - 2/the King's Royal Lancaster Regiment - 10 June 1894
Reengaged to complete 21 years with the colours - 10 April 1896
Posted Bandmaster (Warrant Officer) - 3 December 1899
Transfers as No. 2469 Bandmaster (Warrant Officer) - 1st Life Guards - 1 January 1904
Discharged - 15 October 1907

Haines would serve a total of 23 years 189 days with the colours.

Haines' postings at home and overseas were as follows:

Home - 10 April 1884 to 18 May 1894
India - 19 May 1894 to 25 February 1896
Home - 26 February 1896 to 25 November 1900
South Africa - 26 November 1900 to 9 April 1903
Home - 10 April 1903 to 15 October 1907

For service in South Africa during the Anglo-Boer War Haines was awarded the Queen's South Africa Medal with the clasps "South Africa 1901" and "South Africa 1902".
At some point around 1904 or 1905 he was presented with the Long Service & Good Conduct Medal for exemplary service.

Frederick Haines married Emma Victoria Blanche Heywood at Whitton, Middlesex on 12 May 1894 just a few days prior to his shipping out to India with his battalion. His new bride
followed him and their first child Winifred Mary was born at Nasirabad, Rajasthan on 25 September 1895. Another daughter Marjory Daisy came along after Haines return to England being born at Whitton on 4 September 1898. A son Eric Heywood was born at Lichfield on 27 November 1900 just a day after his father shipped out to South Africa for service in the Anglo-Boer War.

The 1911 Census shows Haines living at 54 Parkfield Street, Moss Side, Manchester with his family and one boarder. As seems fitting for a former regimental bandmaster his stated
profession was of a music professor, specifically teaching piano. The census also states that Haines and his wife Emma had at least one other unnamed child who died young.

In 1911 the Haines family moved to New South Wales, Australia with Frederick arriving first at Sydney on 26 June 1911 as a steerage passenger on board the SS Roon. All did not go
well in their newly adopted country and Emma filed for divorce from Frederick on the grounds of "misconduct" on 19 April 1916.

Nothing more is heard about Frederick Haines until 28 June 1918 when son Eric Heywood Haines attested with the Australian Imperial Forces (AIF) where is gives his mother as next
of kin but states that his father was deceased. There seems to have been a good degree of animosity between Frederick and his family since he was in fact still alive when his son
attested with the AIF. Frederick indeed had another life going when he married Claudia Beatrice Jane Bowen at Balmain, New South Wales in 1921. He died at Lidcombe, New South
Wales on 19 May 1942.

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