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LEGION SNUB INVITE TO SS MAN'S FUNERAL; PoW pub boss's widow hits out at old soldiers.



Byline: By Alan Dow

THE British Legion are snubbing Snubbing is a type of heavy well intervention performed on oil and gas wells. It involves running the BHA on a pipe string using a hydraulic workover rig. Unlike wireline or coiled tubing, the pipe is not spooled off a drum but made up and broken up while running in and pulling  an old soldier's funeral - because he was German.

Yet Werner Busse, 82, who ran pubs in Scotland after the war, had good links with the British military for 60 years.

He even arranged for a collection in aid of the Legion at his funeral.

But Inverness Royal British Legion chairman Brian Matheson said: "Werner Busse is a former enemy combatant Captured fighter in a war who is not entitled to prisoner of war status because he or she does not meet the definition of a lawful combatant as established by the geneva convention; a saboteur.

The U.S.
 and couldn't be a member of the Legion.

"We won't be sending anyone along to this man's funeral despite him having the collection in our benefit."

Yesterday, his distraught widow Molly, 78, hit out at the Legion's stuffy officials.

She said: "Werner was Army daft and he would have been thrilled to bits at the thought of ex-servicemen - just like himself - from the Legion attending his funeral.

"After all, the Germans and Brits are allies these days - not enemies."

Werner was a young tank commander in the Waffen SS when he was wounded and captured by the British in Normandy in 1944.

He came to Scotland as a PoW and worked on a farm near Keith, Banffshire.

He stayed on after marrying the farmer's daughter, Molly.

The couple ran pubs all over Scotland eventually settling in Inverness at the Moray Moray, alternate spelling of Murray
Moray. For Scottish names spelled thus, use Murray.
Moray, council area and former county, Scotland
Moray (mûr`ē) 
 Bar.

Werner struck up such a bond with the local military that squaddies flocked to his pub where he proudly displayed their various regimental crests on the walls.

The King's Own Scottish Borderers The King's Own Scottish Borderers was an infantry regiment of the British Army, part of the Scottish Division. It was raised in 1689 by the Earl of Leven. It was once known as Semphill's Regiment of Foot, the name under which it fought at the Battle of Culloden in 1746. , on a tour of duty at nearby Fort George Fort George, river, c.480 mi (770 km) long, rising in Lake Nichicun, E Que., Canada. It flows W into James Bay at Fort George, a Hudson's Bay Company trading post. , even made him an honorary member of their sergeants' mess.

But now members of the Legion have sparked fury with their decision - despite being willing to accept the donation of several hundred pounds from Werner.

His father-in-law was George Stables, a hero with the Gordon Highlanders The Gordon Highlanders was a British Army infantry regiment from 1881 until 1994. The regiment took its name from the Clan Gordon and recruited principally from Aberdeen and the North-East of Scotland.  in World War I.

George was a founder of Keith Royal Legion club - and fully approved of his daughter's choice of husband depite him being a German prisoner of war PRISONER OF WAR. One who has been captured while fighting under the banner of some state. He is a prisoner, although never confined in a prison.
     2. In modern times, prisoners are treated with more humanity than formerly; the individual captor has now no
.

And each Poppy Day since his father-in-law's death 27 years ago, Werner sent a wreath in his memory to the Keith Legion.

Werner, who was also held in America as a PoW before being brought to Scotland, loved visiting the US.

He died from a heart attack while on holiday in California and his body was flown home to Inverness for his cremation cremation, disposal of a corpse by fire. It is an ancient and widespread practice, second only to burial. It has been found among the chiefdoms of the Pacific Northwest, among Northern Athapascan bands in Alaska, and among Canadian cultural groups.  this afternoon.

His ashes are to be scattered at the scene of the fighting where he was captured on Hill 112 near the city of Caen in Normandy.

'He was a former enemy combatant.. we won't be going to his funeral'

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