Warrant officer class I Arthur Edwin Haines served during the Boers’ War with the Royal West Kent Regiment (British Force) and in World War One with the 67th battalion Canadian Expeditionary Force. He is entitled to the Queen’s Mediterranean Medal, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal with Oak leaves. He was also Mentioned in Dispatches (M.I.D.). His War Service Badge number 305660.
Born on March 5th, 1881 in Kent, England Religion : Church of England
1881 census United Kingdom taken in Warmington, Northampton, England
Arthur E. born in 1881 at Chislehurst, Kent, England
Father: George William Haines 1855 – 1928
Mother: Gabriella Dorcus Sutton 1857 – 1889
He had 3 brothers and one sister Albert Haines (born 1879), George Ernest Haines (born 1883), William Haines (born 1885) and Harriet Haines (born 1888)
October 25th, 1899 : He enlisted in the 3rd battalion Royal West Kent Regiment (listed as a labourer on Mr Batholenew Betson‘s farm)
Height : 5′ 3″ Hair : brown Weight : 107 lbs Eyes : gray
December 11th : The Royal West Kent regiment assembled at Maidstone.
December 16th : Absent from tattoo until 17h00 on the 17th (1 day forfeit pay)
January 4th, 1900 : They left Chatham Barracks and ship sailed at 14:30. He arrived in Malta on January 15th
He was reprimanded 4 times while stationned in Malta
March 25th, 1901 : The King visited the troops stationed in Malta
May 31st : Embarked on ship Formosa and left the next day. The ship Dilwara left the port on June 2nd with some companies of the 3rd battalion. Formosa arrived in Southampton (June 9th) and Dilwara arrived at Maidstone on June 10th.
April 14th, 1902 : Transferred to the Royal Horse Artillery (number 23444)
Height : 5′ 6″ Weight : 130 lbs
June 4th, 1904 : Transferred to the Army Veterinary Corps
August 5th, 1906 : He married Mabel Annie Cox, together they had 5 children Mabel Annie Haines (1907 – 1909), Florence May Haines (1909 – 1985), Arthur Edwin Haines (1912 – 1915), William Haines (1916 – 1985) and Albert Edwin Haines (1920 – 1998)
February 8th, 1909 : He transferred to the Reserve Army Veterinary Corps
1911 Canadian census : He is listed as living in Nanaimo, British Columbia
First World War
He enlisted on September 7th, 1915 in the 67th battalion in Victoria, British Columbia.
Height : 5′ 7″ Weight : 156 lbs Eyes : hazel
Trade : teamster Hair : dark Brown
He sailed from Halifax on April 1st, 1916 on SS Olympic and arrived in England on March 11th.
April 1st: He was appointed acting sergeant and confirmed as a Battery Sergeant Major.
June 9th: He was promoted Sergeant and confirmed in the rank on July 5th.
August 5th : He was appointed Company Sergeant Major.
August 13th : Left camp at 6:30, sailed from Southampton at 8:00 on the HMT 460. Arrived on the 14th. Confirmed Company Sergeant Major on that day. He entrained at Havre, France on the 17th and arrived in Poperinghe, Belgium at 10:30 on the 18th.
November 4th : He was promoted Warrant Officer class II.
Picture of Warrant Officer Arthur Edwin Haines (probably taken end of 1916 – early 1917)
picture from Pauline Haines
May 1st, 1917 : He was struck of strength 67th battalion and arrived with his new unit (54th battalion) on May 2nd.
July 29th : The battalion captured their first houses in the city of Lens
September 6th : First day of Lens’ battle. The 54th was part of the first wave of the attack.
August 3rd, 1918 : Left Warlus for Amiens. Arrived on the 7th.
August 8th : They moved to their position for the initial assault behind Gentelles Wood.
August 10th : Arrived in Merihencourt
September 2nd: At 5:00 am the battalion is ordered to march forward
September 27th : Crossed Canal du Nord and captured the eastern part of Bourlon Wood.
September 28th : Promoted Warrant Officer class I and appointed Regimental Sergeant Major.
September 29th : Launched their attack from Bourlon Wood village, they were shelled and suffered a lot of casualties.
November 2nd : Battalion took the town of Marly.
April 18th, 1919 : Battalion left Groenedal, reaching Havre, France on the 20th. He sailed to England at 16:30 on April 28th and arrived in Southampton on the 29th.
Picture of Warrant Officer Arthur Edwin Haines
On the cuff of his right sleeve you can see the Warrant Officer rank and the three chevrons, each one representing one year of good services oversea. Over the flap of his left pocket of his tunic, you can see the Queen Mediterranean Medal ribbon
May 31st : He embarked for Canada on H.M.T. Mauretania
June 8th : He reached Hamilton. left on the 10th
He was discharged on June 13th with the rank of Regimental Sergeant Major
Mentioned in Dispatches on July 8th, 1919 (London Gazette 31448). In the official history of the battalion he is listed as a Military Cross recipient but neither his file or any official Canadian records list him as a Military Cross recipient. Since the book was printed in 1919, I think he was recommended for a Military Cross but it was downgraded to a Mentioned in Dispatches by that time the book had already being sent to the printer and they could not changed the text.
Warrant Officer Arthur Edwin Haines medals (picture from the family)
As mentionned in the above paragraph, not sure about the Military Cross (first medal from the left)
picture from Pauline Haines
He died on February 20th, 1935. Buried in plot T 091 E 40 in Ross Bay Burial Cemetery, Victoria British Columbia.
Also in the same lot are;
Haines, Arthur Edwin, born Victoria, died Victoria, Mar 16, 1915, aged 30
Haines, Mabel Anne, born in Lock Bottom, Kent, died Victoria, Sep 4, 1970, aged 67
White, Ada Mary, born Eng, died Victoria, Apr 9, 1940, aged 74
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Picture of his grave in Ross Bay Burial Cemetery, British Columbia