Hain, Edward


He was the son of Sir Edward Hain, M.P., J.P., of St. Ives, Cornwall and Catherine Hain, daughter of James Hughes of Whitehaven, Cumberland. His father was the proprietor of the Hain Steamship Company, founded by his great grandfather. He was Liberal MP for St Ives for 6 years until his resignation in 1906 and was knighted in 1912 for services to shipping. His son came to Chernocke House from Twyford School. He was Head of his House, a Commoner Prefect and in Sixth Book, captained O.T.H. VI in 1905 and Association XI in 1906 and the same year played in Lords. He went up to New College, Oxford, in October 1906, and two years later was elected Steward of Junior Common Room.

On leaving Oxford he  went to South Shields to study ship construction and engineering. After a further period in the offices of his father’s company in London and Cardiff he was appointed to the board of directors. On the outbreak of war, having joined the Cornish Squadron of the 1st Devon Yeomanry in 1912, he rejoined his regiment, being promoted Captain a fortnight later.   In 1915, they went to the Dardanelles, and Captain Hain fell in action at Suvla Bay on November 11th 1915 when a shell hit his dug-out. He was buried in grave I.F.18 of Hill 10 Cemetery, Gallipoli.

He married Judith Wogan-Browne of Naas, Kildare in August 1913. There were no children.

His death was noted in the Illustrated London News of 25th December 1915. The  Hain Steamship Company suffered badly during the war. At the outbreak, two ships were berthed in German ports and another was trapped in the Black Sea. A further eighteen vessels were lost to enemy action. Sir Edward was devastated when Teddy Hain was killed at Gallipoli, never fully recovering from the loss, and in June 1917 suffered a severe breakdown during an air-raid on London. He returned to Cornwall to convalesce, but on September 20th 1917 died at Treloyhan, and is buried in the family plot at Barnoon cemetery, St. Ives.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Hain
  • Forenames or initials: Edward
  • House: A
  • Years in School: 1901-1906
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Devon Yeomanry
  • Date of Birth: 15th August 1887
  • Date of Death: 11th November 1915
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer C1
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: HILL 10 CEMETERY, GALLIPOLI: Grave I.F.18