Musical detectives uncover links to Easebourne war hero

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MUSICIANS turned detective in their preparations for a special concert at Easebourne to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the first world war.

Midhurst Music Society (MMS) has joined forces with the Royal British Legion to present Music for Remembrance on Saturday, November 22.

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Among the war heroes who will be remembered is Reginald ‘Bill’ Haine who received the Victoria Cross for bravery, and lived with his wife Dora in Easebourne for many years.

Local searches and research carried out by MMS members with the help of the Imperial War Museum in London resulted in contact being made with Bill Haine’s daughter, grand-daughter and great-grand-daughter.

And the concert will welcome four generations of the Haine family.

Further research revealed the date of the concert will fall on what would have been Bill and Dora Haine’s 91st wedding anniversary, and his daughter Jane’s 90th birthday.

Society members also found that Bill Haine’s grand-daughter Rebecca Stephens, who holds the MBE, is a journalist, mountaineer, and television presenter. In 1993 she was the first British woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

Anna Masic, Bill’s great-grand-daughter, will open the concert by reading Dyneley Hussey’s poem Courage in honour of those who died.

MMS director of music Mary Knight said: “The programme includes favourites such as Fauré’s Requiem and Cantique de Jean Racine and others less well-known including Valiant for Truth by Vaughan-Williams.

“We will be joined by two young soloists, Kate Alder and Oscar Smith, with trumpeter 
Steve Carrigan and organist Richard Bailey.

Tickets, £10 in advance or £12 at the door, are available from The Notebook shop in Rumbolds Hill and from the Angel hotel in North Street or through the 
MMS website www.midhurstmusic.org, by email from enquiries@midhurstmusic.org or by telephone on 01730 812783.