|Hastings||Wilfred Charles Norrington||Captain||HASTINGS, WILFRED CHARLES NORRINGTON, Captain, was born at Devonport 24 December 1873, son of the Reverend Francis Henry Hastings, retired Captain, RN. He was educated at Trinity College School, Stratford-on-Avon, and entered the 4th Battalion South Wales Borderers in 1892; was seconded for the Sierra Leone Frontier Force in 1898; served in the Hut Tax War, 1898-99 (wounded; Medal and clasp). On 24 June 1899, he entered the Manchester Regiment, and became Lieutenant 1 December 1899, and Captain 25 December 1901. He served in the South African War, 1900-2, taking part in operations in the Orange Free State, April, 1900; operations in the Transvaal, east of Pretoria, August to September and November 1900 operations in Orange River Colony, May to 29 November 1900, including actions at Biddulphsberg and Wittebergen; operations in Cape Colony, south of Orange River, April 1900; operations in the Transvaal, July 1901; operations in Orange River Colony, 30 November 1900 to 31 May 1902. He was awarded the South African and King's Medals; mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 29 July 1902], and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 31 October 1902]: "Wilfred Charles Norrington Hastings, Captain, Manchester Regiment. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". He was employed with the West African Frontier Force, 28 March 1903 to 3 August 1909, and served with the 1st Battalion Northern Nigerian Regiment 1903; with the Mumshi Expedition, 1906. He served in the European War, in France, 1914; became Temporary Lieutenant Colonel 17 April 1915, commanding the Sierra Leone Battalion West African Frontier Force, and took part in the Cameroon Campaign, 1915-16. His chief pastimes were shooting, fishing and boxing.|
DSO, East & West Africa (1) Sierra Leone 1898-9 (Capt Manchr Regt), QSA (3) CC Trans Witt (Lt, Man Regt), KSA (2) (Lt Man Regt), 1914 Star (Capt DSO Man Regt), BWM, Victory Medal (Lt Col). BDW 1991 est £1,000-1,200. DNW 2002 £3,300.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)