Sussex Trained Bands

The Sussex Trained Bands of 1638 consisted of 2,804 men armed with 1,804 muskets and 1,000 corslets (body armour, signifying pikemen). They also mustered 160 horse. A peculiarity of Sussex was that the Hundreds were instead termed 'Rapes'.

In March 1640 it was ordered that Trained Band men should be shipped to Newcastle for service against the Scots: Sussex 600. To be shipt the sixth of June at Gravesend, to be at the General Rendezvouz the twentieth of May, to march thence the first of June.1).

A list of Sussex Trained Band officers during the First Civil War 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

Captain Edward Apsley led a company of the Bramber Trained Band foot garrisoning Cowdray House, until he was captured in December 1643.

In August 1651 the Sussex militia were ordered to rendezvous at Oxford.

Service History


  • August to September: Siege of Portsmouth
  • September: Siege of Southsea Castle?
  • December: Siege of Chichester


  • Garrison of Arundell (Catcott's company)
  • December: Besieged in Arundell (Catcott)
  • December: Defence of Bramber
  • December to January: Siege of Arundell
  • December: Taking of Cowdray House (Leighton Coy, Edward Apsley Troop)