Captain Paulyn Charles James Reginald Rawdon-Hastings

  • Batt - 5
  • Unit - Leicestershire Regiment
  • Section - "A" Company
  • Date of Birth - 27/11/1889
  • Died - 13/10/1915
  • Age - 25

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Source: Michael Doyle Their Name Liveth For Evermore: The Great War Roll of Honour for Leicestershire and Rutland.
He was the son of the Honourable Paulyn Francis Cuthbert Rawdon-Hastings, who was living on his own means, born on the 21st October 1856 in Riccarton, Ayrshire, Scotland, and who was the son of Charles Abney-Hastings and Lady Edith Maud Rawdon-Hastings, 10th Countess of Loudoun, and his wife Lady Maud Rawdon-Hastings, (nee Grimston, married on the 20th December 1881 in St. Albans, Hertfordshire) born 16th June 1857 in St. Albans, and who was the daughter of The Right Honourable James Walter Grimston, 2nd Earl of Verulam. Paulyn Charles James Reginald was born on the 27th November 1889 in Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire, his siblings were, Edith Maud, born 13th May 1883 in St. Albans, Elizabeth Frances, born 19th June 1884, Flora Anne, born 1886 and Isabel Jacqueline, born 1888, the latter three siblings were all born in Ashby de la Zouch, in April 1891 the family home was at Old Park House, Heath End, Ashby de la Zouch. In March 1901 Paulyn was absent from the family home at Old Park House, Ashby de la Zouch, residing there was his father, living on his own means, his mother and siblings, Edith, Elizabeth, Flora, Isabel and Edward Hugh, born on the 31st August 1895 in Ashby de la Zouch, Paulyn was a schoolboy and was residing as a boarder at Wixenford School, Wokingham, Berkshire. Paulyn’s father died on the 19th October 1907 aged, 50. In April 1911 Paulyn, living on private means was residing in the family home at The Manor, Ashby de la Zouch, together with his widowed mother Lady Maud, living on private means and his sister Elizabeth.
The War Diary records: 13 Oct-15 - At 6.00am Battalion in place in RESERVE trench. At 12.00 noon bombardment of enemy trench FOSSE 8 commenced. At 1.00pm smoke and gas turned on until 1.50pm. At 2.00pm assault. 5th Battalion LINCOLNSHIRE REGIMENT and 4th Battalion LEICESTERSHIRE REGIMENT advanced in lines of platoon at 50 paces distance against HOHENZOLLERN REDOUBT. 4th Battalion LINCOLNSHIRE REGIMENT attacked from 2nd line followed by the MONMOUTHSHIRE REGIMENT. REDOUBT captured but lines checked and stopped by machine gun fire from MAD POINT, MADAGASCAR, and SOUTH FACE, also heavy rifle fire FOSSE and DUMP TRENCH. First two lines as almost all Company officers became casualties. REDOUBT and half of NORTH FACE was held – LITTLE WILLIE and BIG WILLIE still in enemy hands. At 3.00pm “B” Coy sent up to reinforce centre and left of REDOUBT followed by “A” and part of “D” Companies. Machine guns in position along original front line now held by “C” Company and parts of other regiments. Considerable progress made along LITTLE WILLIE by grenade party under Lieutenant C. H. F. WOLLASTON. Ground lost again owing to lack of grenades. At 5.30pm ground now held consisted of front face of REDOUBT and up to LITTLE WILLIE and point 60. Remainder of REDOUBT untenable by either side. 138th Brigade relieved gradually by 139th Brigade. 138th Brigade hold original front line trench. Many of “A” and “B” Companies still remained in the REDOUBT during the whole of next day.
The War Diary records: 14 Oct-15 - No main counter attack, but considerable grenade attacks on point 60 and LITTLE WILLIE. Ground held all along the line. During the day Battalion continued to supply grenadiers and carrying parties for the REDOUBT. Enemy shelled with lacrymatory shells and other high explosive during the afternoon. At 11.30pm Battalion relieved by 139th Brigade and proceeded to LANCASHIRE TRENCH.
The War Diary records: 15 Oct-15 - At 2.00pm half Battalion proceeded by motor lorries to HESDGNEUL. Remainder marched via SAILLY. Casualties during the action were:- Officers killed Captain HASTINGS, Captain LANGDALE, 2nd Lieutenant MOSS, died of wounds Lieutenant LAWTON, wounded 2nd Lieutenant PETCH, 2nd Lieutenant WILLIAMS, 2nd Lieutenant STINCHAM, 2nd Lieutenant WYNNE, 2nd Lieutenant MARRIOTT and 2nd Lieutenant C. H. F. WOLLASTON. Other ranks killed 19, wounded 132, missing 3, died of wounds 3, wounded and missing 10 and gassed 22.

Source: Leicestershire War Memorials Project.
Coalville Times article - Friday October 22nd, 1915

Heir to the Earldom of Loudoun Killed in Action

Lady Maude Hastings, of the Manor House, Ashby, received the news on Tuesday morning that her only surviving son, Capt. Paulyn Charles James Reginald Rawdon-Hastings, commanding the Ashby and Coalville Company of the 5th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment, had been killed in action. The news has been received with profound sorrow in the town. Only a month ago her ladyship lost her younger son, Lieut. Edward Hastings of the Black Watch, who died from enteric in France, where his mother went to see him.

Capt. Reginald Hastings was the son of the late Hon. Paulyn Hastings and Lady Maude Hastings, and heir to the Donington estates, and attained his majority on November 27th, 1910, the event having been celebrated by a public presentation and rejoicings. Captain Hastings who was a fine looking man and a keen soldier, went to the front with his battalion in February. He came home on leave a few weeks ago after the death of his brother, and one of his last acts at home was the erection of a large crucifix in the family mausoleum in the chapel of Ashby Castle, where his father lies. His uncle, the Duke of Norfolk, was much attached to him, as was also the Earl of Loudoun, who was recently on a visit to Lady Maude Hastings, his sister-in-law. Captain Hastings was the patron of the living of Ashby-de-la-Zouch, and also heir to the Earldom of the Loudoun and the old English baronies of Batreaux, Molines, Hungerford and Hastings, and also to the Barony of Donington, peerage of the United Kingdom.

Coalville Times article - Friday October 29th, 1915

A touching incident was noticed at the memorial service for Capt. and Lieut. Hastings at Ashby Parish Church on Wednesday afternoon. In the congregation, seated throughout the service was a wounded soldier from the Cottage Hospital whose foot and leg were heavily bandaged and who could only get along with the aid of crutches and assistance. By his side sat a nurse, and despite her kindly remonstrance’s, the gallant soldier at the close of the service, persisted in standing whilst the National Anthem was sung. It was obviously an effort for him to do so, notwithstanding which he remained standing on one leg while the congregation sung all three verses.

Coalville Times article - Friday October 29th, 1915

Memorial Service at Ashby Church

At the Ashby Parish Church on Wednesday afternoon, a memorial service was held for the late Capt. Paulyn Charles James Reginald Rawdon-Hastings, and 2nd Lieut. Edward Hugh Hastings Rawdon-Hastings, only sons of Lady Maude Hastings and the late Hon. Paulyn Hastings of the Manor House, Ashby, who have fallen in the defence of their country. Capt. Hastings was in the 5th Battalion Leicestershire Territorial Regiment, commanding A (Coalville and Ashby) Co. and was killed in the great battle about the middle of this month when the Leicestershire Territorials assisted in the capture of two lines of German trenches. His brother, Lieut. Hastings, was in the 2nd Black Watch, and had gone to the front, but about six weeks ago contracted enteric and died in a military hospital in France.

There was a crowded congregation at the memorial service, many being unable to find seats. The members of the family present included Lady Maude Hastings (mother), the Misses Hastings (four sisters), Earl of Loudoun (uncle), the Duke and Duchess of Norfolk, (uncle and aunt), Earl and Countess Verulam, and Lady Jane Joddrell. Also present were Mr J. G. Shields, J.P., of Isley Walton (agent for the Donington estate to which the late Capt. Hastings was the heir), Lady Beaumont, Mr R. Lawton, J.P., whose son, a brother officer of Captain Hastings was mortally wounded about the same time), members of the Ashby Urban Council and practically all the leading residents of the neighbourhood.

All the clergy holding benefices in the Hastings family were invited to attend. They were the Rev. J. Hewitson (Measham), the Rev. E. Finch (Breedon-on-the-Hill), the Rev. G. Moore (Packington), and the Rev. B. Kenyon (Blackfordby). Others invited and present included the Rev. H. E. Worthington, R. D. (Netherseal), the Rev. D. W. Lloyd (Ticknall), the Rev. C. T. Moore (Appleby), and the Rev. A. Phillemore (Willesley).

Several military officers in uniform were present, including Col. German, Capt. Stevenson, Staff-Capt. Hassall and Lieut. Faulkner, also a contingent of the 2/5th Leicesters, a number of wounded soldiers from the Ashby Cottage Hospital and all the members of the Ashby Grammar School Cadet Corps in khaki, under command of Lieut. C. Elliott.

The service was conducted by the Rev. H. R. Sawyer (vicar), assisted by the Rev. F. E. Hobbs (curate) and the Rev. W. Fowley (Vicar of Holy Trinity, Ashby), the latter reading the lesson 1 Cor: 15c from v20 to end. The hymns sung were, “Now the labourer’s task is over,” “Peace, perfect peace,” and “On the resurrection morning.” Mr Underwood, one of the Grammar School masters, officiated at the organ – the regular organist, Mr Walter Handford, being at the front – and after the singing of the National Anthem, played the Dead March. At the conclusion, buglers of the 2/5th Leicesters, under Sergt.-Drummer Crossley, outside the church sounded “The Last Post.”

The service was very impressive and many of the congregation were in tears. Both the deceased officers were very popular in the town and district of Ashby and the greatest public sympathy is felt for Lady Maude Hastings and the family in their terrible loss.

As Lady Maude Hastings passed with other mourners into her home, nearby the buglers were called to “Attention.” The Earl of Loudoun in highland dress saluted, and the Duke of Norfolk took off his hat and conversed with the sergeant in charge. His Grace and the Duchess, who have been staying with Lady Hastings, left the Manor House yesterday afternoon.

Coalville Times article - Friday April 14th, 1916


Captain Paulyn Charles James Rawdon-Hastings, Leicestershire Regiment, of the Manor House, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, heir-presumptive to the earldom of Loudoun, at one time in the office of the Public Trustee, and afterwards private secretary to Sir A. Griffith Boscawen, who was killed in France on October 13th, aged 25 years, has left unsettled estates of the value of £1,649/0/4. Probate is granted to his mother, Lady Maud Rawdon-Hastings.

Coalville Times article - Friday October 13th, 1916


A memorial tablet to the late Capt. Hastings and Lieut. E. Hastings will be unveiled in the Ashby Parish Church this Friday afternoon?

Coalville Times article - Friday October 20th, 1916



A memorial tablet to Captain R. Hastings and Lieutenant E. Hastings was unveiled in the Ashby Parish Church on Friday afternoon. The two deceased officers were the only sons of the late Hon. Paulyn Hastings and Lady Maud Hastings, of the Manor House, Ashby, and Lady Maud performed the opening ceremony after which the vicar of Ashby, the Rev. H. E. Sawyer, gave an appropriate address. All the members of the family, and a large congregation were present.

The tablet, which is erected in the Huntingdon Chapel, is of white marble, and the inscription in black lettering is as follows: “In ever loving memory of Paulyn Charles James Reginald Rawdon Hastings, Captain A. Company, 1/5th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment, born November 27th, 1889, killed on the attack on the Hohenzollern Redoubt, October 13th, 1915; and of Edward Hugh Rawdon-Hastings, 2nd Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion, Black Watch, born August 31st, 1895, died of enteric at No. 14, Stationary Hospital, Wimereaux, September 15th, 1915. They died for their country. May they rest in peace.”

Research undertaken and submitted by Andy Murby 09/09/2017

Leicestershire Project Findings
  • Conflict - World War I
  • Cause of death - KILLED IN ACTION
  • Place of death - Attack On Hohenzollern Redoubt
  • Other Memorials - Rawdon-Hastings Brothers
Research from Michael Doyle's Their Name Liveth For Evermore
  • Unit - Leicestershire Regiment
  • Cause of death - KILLED IN ACTION
  • Burial Commemoration - Loos Mem., France
  • Born - Old Park, Ashby De La Zouch, Leicestershire
  • Place of Residence - Stafford Mansions, 14 Buckingham Gate, London

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