Colonel Hans Behre’s Regiment of Horse

Active1643 to 1645
ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelEarl of Manchester
Area RaisedEast Anglia
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesEssex 1643-4
Waller 1643
Massey 1644-5

Parliamentarian regiment of horse of Essex’s army, also serving with Waller and Massey

Service History


  • Early: Raised for Essex's army
  • 8th September: Relief of Gloucester
  • September: Skirmish at Cheltenham?
  • September: Skirmish at Winscombe?
  • 20th September: First Battle of Newbury
  • December: Reinforce Waller
  • December to January 1644: Siege of Arundel
  • December: Skirmish at Petersfield


  • March: Accused of plundering in Warwickshire
  • April: Repulsed from Newent
  • May: Skirmish at Wycombe and Henley (Maj Bosa)
  • August: Battle of Lostwithiel
  • August: Skirmish on Caradon Down
  • October: Second Battle of Newbury


  • April: Join Massey’s Western Association
  • May: Reduced into Edward Massey’s Regiment of Horse


Behre's troop was said to be comprised of Dutch mercenaries.


Notable Officers

A list of officers is shown in Laurence Spring's Waller's Army, The Regiments of Sir William Waller's Southern Association The Pike and Shot Association 2007 ISBN 978-1-902768-34-2

Colonel Hans Behre

A Dutch professional soldier.

Officer Lists

March to April 1644

From the Nafziger Collection, file 644CAC.pdf

Colonel Hans Behre's Regiment of Horse (5 troops)

  • Colonel: Hans Behre
  • Major: Samuel Bosa
  • Captain: Buller
  • Captain: Christopher Fleming
  • Captain: Carmichael


  • Summer 1644: 425 of all ranks, in 5 troops

July 1644

From Symonds' Diary1) Officers/Troopers

  • Colonel Hans Behre 14/74
  • Major Samuel Bosa 10/77
  • Captain Buller 10/80
  • Captain Christopher Flemming 9/68
  • Captain Carmichael 11/72
  • Total = 371

See Also

1) British Library Additional Ms 17062