Surrey Trained Bands

  • East Division Trained Band
  • Middle Division Trained Band
  • West Division Trained Band
  • Surrey Auxiliaries
  • Surrey Trained Band Horse (Sir Richard Onslow)

The Surrey Trained Bands of 1638 consisted of 1,500 men armed with 604 muskets and 896 corslets (body armour, signifying pikemen). They also mustered 63 cuirassiers and 66 harquebusiers.

In March 1640 it was ordered that Trained Band men should be shipped to Newcastle for service against the Scots: Surrey 800. To be shipt the sixth of June at Gravesend, to be at the General Rendezvouz the twenty first of May, to march thence the second of June.1).

On January 17th 1642 Sir Richard Onslow mustered the Surrey Trained Bands on behalf of Parliament and secured the arsenal at Kingston-upon-Thames. Onslow served as colonel of the Surrey militia horse from 1626 to 16422)

Service History

1642

  • August to September: Siege of Portsmouth
  • September: Siege of Southsea Castle?
  • November: Defence of Kingston upon Thames

Coats and Flags

The Surrey Auxiliaries wore red coats and carried red flags 3).