Green Auxiliary Regiment of Foot of the London Trained Bands

Flag Illustration1)
ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelChristopher Whichcote
William Webb
Coat Colour
Area RaisedLondon
Flag ColourGreen
Flag DesignYellow Piles Wavy
Field ArmiesWaller 1643
Essex 1644

Auxiliary regiment of the London Trained Bands supporting Parliament

Service History


  • April: Raised in London
  • July: Suppression of rising at Tonbridge and Severnoaks
  • September: Muster at Finsbury Fields
  • November: Siege of Basing House
  • November: Siege of Basing House
  • November: Standoff at Farnham
  • December: Storm of Alton Church


  • May: Skirmish at Gosford Bridge and Enslow
  • August: Battle of Lostwithiel


  • April: Whichcote appointed Governor of Windsor Castle


  • October: William Webb Colonel by now


  • March: Whichcote ends term as Governor of Windsor


Whichcote was governor of Windsor from 1645 to 1647, though he might have been commanding a different unit there. Whichcote's chaplain was paid from 1645 to 1650.

Coats, Flags & Equipment

The regiment carried green flags with yellow piles wavy in September 1643 2).

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 Christopher Whichcote

Whichcote, a merchant, was also second captain in the White Regiment of Foot of the London Trained Bands in 1643.

Colonel William Webb

A Grocer of Bartholomew Lane in the Parish of St Michael Cornhill London. He joined the Honourable Artillery Company in 1641. A Lieutenant under Col. John Venn in March 1643, he then served as Capt and Major in the Green Auxiliaries. In September 1645 he became Colonel of Col. William Webb’s Dragoons. By October 1646 he was back as Colonel of the Green Auxiliary Regiment of Foot of the London Trained Bands.

Officer Lists

October 1646

Lining the route of procession at the Earl of Essex's funeral3)

City Green Auxiliaries

  • Col William Webb
  • Lt Col John Tirlington
  • Major Edward Abel
  • Capt Warren
  • Capt Wansey
  • Capt Sittey
  • Capt Beech


  • September 1643: 1200 at the most, in 7 companies4)

See Also

1) Flag image by kind permission of Wargames Designs
2) ECW Flags and Colours 1: English Foot, Stuart Peachey & Les Prince 1990, Partizan Press ISBN:0946525846
3) The Militia of London 1641-1649 PhD Thesis, Lawson Chase Nagel, King’s College, University of London, 1982.
4) The London Trained Bands Mustered in Finsbury Fields 26 September 1643; Ensignes of the Regiments in the rebellious Citty of London, National Army Museum Ms 6807-53