Speaking on Thursday, Mr Fullarton said: "No member of the Government has sent any message. He knows my name. I am disappointed that he has not even dropped us a note. James served him in the bar. He knows the family."
Six hours after being contacted by The Mail on Sunday, a spokesman for the Defence Secretary said: "Bob sent a letter to the family this morning by recorded delivery. Bob wants to go to the funeral if the family want him to be there."
MoD insiders last night gave a damning assessment of Mr Ainsworth's command of his department following a week of internal chaos.
If ever there was a man in the wrong job, then its Bob "the knob" Ainsworth.