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 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 with the 2/Leinsters 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 - I 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 state the Haines and his wife Emma had at least one other unnamed child who died young.

Sometime after the taking of the census but still in 1911 the Haines family moved to New South Wales, Australia. 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 where is gives his mother as next of kin
but states that his father was deceased. The date, location o
r cause of the elder Haines' death are not given.