Wars Last Goodbyes

Individual Record

Evesham Cemetery

Worcestershire

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Also of their son

Alfred John Haines D.F.C. R.F.C.

Who was killed in action

In Italy 10th Augst 1918

Aged 20

What nobler death could he choose

Sleep on till we meet again

Alfred John

Haines

First World War

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Lieutenant

45 Squadron Royal Air Force

Royal Flying Corps

1898

Evesham, Worcestershire

10th August 1918

20

Killed instantly when flying over the lines in north Italy with two others when his plane was hit by anti-aircraft guns. Alfred's plane landed in no man's land near Mount Asolone, north of Grappa. According to letters sent home, the Austrians immediately put up a white flag and sent out a medical officer and men, as well as an Italian medical officer and men - all parties lifted Alfred's body out of his plane and took his body back to the Austrian trench. The Italians then conveyed his body over the mountains to the British ambulances where he was buried at No 24 Casualty Clearing Station near Montecchio.

Distinguished Flying Cross

Montecchio Precalcino Communal Cemetery Extension, Italy

His flying nickname was Richthofen aka 'Ricky' because of his flying style. It was noted in the letters sent home that the Austrians and Italians treated Alfred's remains with great care and respect. His DFC was awarded posthumously in September 1918 for six victories against enemy planes.

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