Haines, Leslie Earls (1883-1975)

Henderson’s City of Vancouver and North Vancouver Directory, 1909, page 711

Henderson’s City of Vancouver and North Vancouver Directory, 1909, page 711

Leslie Earls Haines was a real estate and insurance broker. He lived at 1967 Georgia Street in 1909.

Leslie Earls Haines was born on August 19, 1883, in Gravesend, Kent, England. His father was George Haines, who was a member of the London Stock Exchange. Leslie’s mother was Annie Isabel Southall.

Leslie was living with his parents in 1891 and 1901.

He may have served with the British forces during the Boer War.

Leslie Haines first appeared in the Vancouver directories in 1907. He was a clerk at the Woods Hotel.

Henderson’s City of Vancouver Directory, 1907, page 483

Henderson’s City of Vancouver Directory, 1907, page 483

He lived at the following addresses in Vancouver.

1907 820 Richards Street
1908 no address under names
1909 1967 Georgia Street
1910 number 2, 2190 Cornwall Street
1911 and 1912 not in Vancouver directories

In 1907 he became a clerk in the Vancouver Land Registry office.

Victoria Daily Colonist, November 29, 1907, page 2, column 4; https://archive.org/stream/dailycolonist19071129uvic/19071129#page/n1/mode/1up [selected portions of article]

Victoria Daily Colonist, November 29, 1907, page 2, column 4; https://archive.org/stream/dailycolonist19071129uvic/19071129#page/n1/mode/1up [selected portions of article]

In 1909 he was a real estate broker with Arthur R. Best.

Henderson’s City of Vancouver and North Vancouver Directory, 1909, page 84

Henderson’s City of Vancouver and North Vancouver Directory, 1909, page 84

On June 16, 1909, in Vancouver, Leslie married Dorothy Eileen Briggs. She was born in Melbourne, Australia about 1889. Her father was St. John Alder Biggs (1854-1910). Her mother was Mary Josephine Ray (born about 1859 in Australia). (Dorothy’s brother, Hesketh St. John Biggs, lived at 952 Denman Street in 1919.) Leslie’s best man was his brother, George Neville Haines (1885-1910), an engineer who died in Vancouver only a few months after the wedding.

Leslie was with the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War. He began his service on September 22, 1914, and he served until he was demobilized on September 13, 1919. During the war he became a member of the D.S.O. (Distinguished Service Order), and he was mentioned in military despatches.

After the war, Leslie lived in Montreal, Quebec. In 1920 he was the manager of a company that made blouses.

Montreal Directory, 1920, page 1212 (edited image)

Montreal Directory, 1920, page 1212 (edited image)

In 1924 he was the secretary of the Country Club of Montreal.

Montreal Directory, 1924, page 906 (edited image)

Montreal Directory, 1924, page 906 (edited image)

It seems that Leslie and Dorothy were divorced in the early 1920s. After the divorce, it appears that Dorothy lived in England, although she travelled to Australia at least once, in the early 1930s.

In the mid-1920s, Leslie moved to New Zealand. Around the same time, he was married to Edith May (whose last name is currently unknown). She was born in England on October 1, 1893.

Leslie settled into life in New Zealand, keeping up his military interests, and taking up a series of businesses.

In 1926, he wrote to the New Zealand Herald, praising the hard work and ethics of New Zealand’s armed forces during the First World War.

“Military Camps,” New Zealand Herald, Volume LXIII, issue 19275, March 13, 1926, page 9; https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/NZH19260313.2.21.4?query=l%20e%20haines

“Military Camps,” New Zealand Herald, Volume LXIII, issue 19275, March 13, 1926, page 9; https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/NZH19260313.2.21.4?query=l%20e%20haines

He operated a series of entertainment facilities and public houses.

“Dixieland Cabaret,” New Zealand Herald, September 15, 1926, page 6; https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/NZH19260914.2.18?query=leslie%20haines

“Dixieland Cabaret,” New Zealand Herald, September 15, 1926, page 6; https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/NZH19260914.2.18?query=leslie%20haines

In 1929 he took over an establishment in Whangarei.

Auckland Star, volume LX, issue 32, February 7, 1929, page 10, column 4; https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/AS19290207.2.124.4?query=leslie%20earls%20haines

Auckland Star, volume LX, issue 32, February 7, 1929, page 10, column 4; https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/AS19290207.2.124.4?query=leslie%20earls%20haines

In 1939 he began operating the Commercial Hotel in Hamilton.

New Zealand Herald, volume LXXVI, issue 23338, May 5, 1939, page 4, column 2; https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/NZH19390505.2.10.2?query=leslie%20earls%20haines

New Zealand Herald, volume LXXVI, issue 23338, May 5, 1939, page 4, column 2; https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/NZH19390505.2.10.2?query=leslie%20earls%20haines

For a time he also had a licence for the Hotel St. George in Wellington.

When the Second World War arrived, he led local military reserve forces as they trained for field exercises and patrol duty.

“Reservists At Ruakura,” Auckland Star, volume LXXI, issue 280, November 25, 1940, page 3; https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/AS19401125.2.19?query=l%20e%20haines

“Reservists At Ruakura,” Auckland Star, volume LXXI, issue 280, November 25, 1940, page 3; https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/AS19401125.2.19?query=l%20e%20haines

It appears that Leslie and Edith stayed in New Zealand until the 1950s. They later moved to Australia.

Leslie died in Australia on December 22, 1975.

Edith died in Australia on February 28, 1976.

Leslie and Edith are both buried in Allambe Memorial Park near Brisbane, Australia.

 

Leslie and Edith had two sons: Leslie Haines and George Haines.

 

Sources

George Haines (father of Leslie Earls Haines)

“England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2DRM-S1F : 13 December 2014), George Haines, 1879; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing 1879, quarter 1, vol. 1C, p. 87, London City, London, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q27W-QZB8 : 18 August 2016), George Haines, Milton-Next-Gravesend, Kent, England; from “1881 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. 42, Piece/Folio 872/105, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,774,422.

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q3GN-JMM : 15 October 2015), George Harnes, Lee, London, England; from “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, London county,  subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X98G-Q28 : 29 August 2015), George Haines, Lewisham, London, Middlesex, England; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Lee subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

 

Annie Isabel Southall (mother of Leslie Earls Haines)

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:265W-48K : 1 October 2014), Anne Isabella Southall, 1856; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, St. Luke, London, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NY5Y-XH3 : 30 December 2014), Anne Isabella Southall, 07 Nov 1868; citing , reference ; FHL microfilm 566,923.

“England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2DR9-CNZ : 13 December 2014), Annie Isabel Southall, 1879; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing 1879, quarter 1, vol. 1C, p. 87, London City, London, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q27W-QZBR : 18 August 2016), Annie L Haines in household of George Haines, Milton-Next-Gravesend, Kent, England; from “1881 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. 42, Piece/Folio 872/105, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,774,422.

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q3GN-5PZ : 15 October 2015), Annie I Harnes in household of George Harnes, Lee, London, England; from “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, London county,  subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X98G-Q2D : 29 August 2015), Annie J Haines in household of George Haines, Lewisham, London, Middlesex, England; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Lee subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

 

Leslie Earls Haines

St Mark Kennington, http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php?topic=348845.0 (refers to Leslie Earl Haines and his family.)

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2X2G-9GG : 1 October 2014), Leslie Earls Haines, 1883; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Gravesend, Kent, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q3GN-BPZ : 15 October 2015), Leslie E Harnes in household of George Harnes, Lee, London, England; from “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, London county,  subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X98G-Q2X : 29 August 2015), Leslie E Haines in household of George Haines, Lewisham, London, Middlesex, England; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Lee subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDZF-W2G : 21 January 2016), Leslie Earl Haines and Dorothy Eileen Biggs, 16 Jun 1909; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11374, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,702.

Leslie E. Haines and Dorothy Eileen Biggs, marriage description, Vancouver World, June 17, 1909, page 7:

“The first military wedding ever held in this city took place yesterday morning in St. Paul’s church, when Ven. Archdeacon Pentreath united in matrimony Sergeant-Major Leslie E. Haines and Miss Dorothy Eileen Biggs.

. . . The bride was attended by her sisters, Rita and Hattie. . . The groom was assisted by Mr. Naville [sic] Haines. . . . Sergeant Major Haines is now instructor of the 18th Field Ambulance Army Medical Corps of this city. He is late of the imperial army and fought as an officer in the late Boer war.

. . . The bridal party and the invited guests then proceeded to the residence of the bride’s parents, 1309 Davie street. . . . The happy pair left on the Princess Victoria to Vancouver island, and on their return will take up their residence at Kitsilano. Mr. and Mrs. Biggs gave a charming dance at their residence last night in honor of the event.”

Canadian Great War Project, Captain Leslie Earle Haines, http://canadiangreatwarproject.com/searches/soldierDetail.asp?ID=91405

Canadian Expeditionary Force; Name: Haines, Leslie Earls; Rank:                MAJ; Date of Birth: 19/08/1883; Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 3924 – 45; Item Number: 439576; http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=439576. Digitized service file: http://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?op=pdf&app=CEF&id=B3924-S045

“Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2H2Y-W22 : 27 December 2014), Leslie Earle Haines, Sep 1919; citing Immigration, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, T-14797, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

“Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2HG6-KRG : 27 December 2014), Leslie Barles Haines, Jul 1920; citing Immigration, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, T-14707, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

“New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Passenger Lists, 1839-1973”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QJDF-GJJG : 24 May 2014), Leslie E Haines, 1925.

“New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Passenger Lists, 1839-1973,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KGM2-XMP : 12 December 2014), L E Haines, 1952; citing , Ship, Arrival Port Sydney, National Archives, Wellington; FHL microfilm 004508790.

 

St. John Alder Biggs (father of Dorothy Eileen Biggs)

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2N4Y-949 : 1 October 2014), St John Alder Biggs, 1854; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Havant, Hampshire, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X98Q-MS5 : accessed 30 Jun 2014), St John A Biggs, Hampstead, London, Middlesex, England; citing “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” index and images, findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk : Brightsolid, n.d.); PRO RG 13, county, registration district, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLLG-PW1 : 30 September 2015), St John Alder Biggs, 1910.

 

Mary Josephine Ray (mother of Dorothy Eileen Biggs)

Society, Vancouver Province, April 14, 1909, page 9: “Mrs. Binnington, of 1808 Nelson Street, left for England yesterday. She will visit Winnipeg enroute. The Misses Binnington will be the guests of Mrs. Biggs, Davie street, during their mother’s absence.”

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JD8F-KP1 : accessed 30 Jun 2014), Henry Edward Browning and Mary Josephine Biggs, 25 May 1911; citing New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11382, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1983975.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLK8-J2P : accessed 30 Jun 2014), Henry Edward Browning, 28 May 1918; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13103, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1927131.

 

Dorothy Eileen Biggs (wife of Leslie Earls Haines)

Dorothy Eileen Biggs, Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia; father: St John Alder Biggs; mother: Ray, Mary Josephine Biggs; http://birth-records.mooseroots.com/l/2177476/Dorothy-Eileen-Biggs; citing Victoria, Australia Birth Index, 1836-1920. Record count: 2,007,632. Archives.org. https://archive.org/details/AustraliaVictoriaBmdHistoricalIndex_104.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDZF-W2K : 21 January 2016), Leslie Earl Haines and Dorothy Eileen Biggs, 16 Jun 1909; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11374, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,702.

“California, Los Angeles Passenger Lists, 1907-1948,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KZQS-V63 : 28 November 2014), Dorothy Eileen Haines, 1931; citing Immigration, ship name Dinteldyk, NARA microfilm publication M1764 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 36; FHL microfilm 1,734,640.

“England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVCL-V579 : 4 September 2014), Dorothy Haynes, 1960; from “England & Wales Deaths, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Death, Marylebone, London, England, General Register Office, Southport, England. (possible connection)

 

Edith May (wife of Leslie Earls Haines)

“New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Passenger Lists, 1839-1973”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QJDF-GJJP : 24 May 2014), Edith M Haines, 1925.

“New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Passenger Lists, 1839-1973”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QJDN-H7S9 : 24 May 2014), E M Haines, 1938.

 

Leslie Haines (son of Leslie Earls Haines)

“New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Passenger Lists, 1839-1973”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QJDF-GJJ5 : 24 May 2014), Leslie Haines, 1925.

“New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Passenger Lists, 1839-1973,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KGMV-SH5 : 12 December 2014), Leslie Haines, 1952; citing , Ship, Arrival Port Sydney (other ports also listed), National Archives, Wellington; FHL microfilm 004508670.

 

George Neville Haines (brother of Leslie Earls Haines)

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2XG3-RC8 : 1 October 2014), George Neville Haines, 1885; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Gravesend, Kent, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q3GJ-3T2 : 15 October 2015), George W Harnes in household of George Harnes, Lee, London, England; from “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, London county,  subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X98G-Q2F : 29 August 2015), George N Haines in household of George Haines, Lewisham, London, Middlesex, England; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Lee subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLLG-YYZ : 30 September 2015), George Neville Haines, 1910.

Vancouver Daily World, January 5, 1910, page 20: “George N. Haines. George Neville Haines, aged 24 years, died on Sunday evening in this city. The deceased was a native of Kent, Eng., and leaves a brother residing in this city, Mr. Leslie Haines, to mourn his loss. He had only been out from England a short time. The remains have been removed to Greene & Simpson’s parlors, from where the funeral will take place on Wednesday, at 10:30 a. m., Ven. Archdeacon Pentreath officiating.”

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