I received a letter this morning from Home HQ Preston regarding the funeral arrangements for John Haines.The details sent by Home HQ are incorrect.When I received the letter I immediately contacted Mr David Aitkin,John's nephew.He explained what had gone wrong.It was due to complications with John's wife's grave where John wished to be buried.My advice,on Mr Aitkin's instructions,is to ignore the Home HQ letter
and adhere to the information I sent previously i.e.service and burial at St.Mary's Church,Winterbourne Gunner ,at 1130hours,22nd June.
I cannot contact Capt.Cornish until Monday morning.I will then explain what has happened over the weekend.
Mr Aitkin is trying desperately to get a bugler for John's funeral.Can anyone help,please?
I received an email from Tom Knight who attended Johnny Haines funeral.He said there was a big turn-out of 10th Hussars.The church was very tiny and a lot had to stand.The family seemed very pleased with the response of the regiment.There was a large gathering at the local pub afterwards which Johnny would have appreciated.