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WE HAPPY FEW, WE BAND OF BROTHERS

from Maureen Storey

 

 This article was originally published in the August 2010 edition of Soul Search, the journal of The Sole Society

 

This database contains information on men who served in the forces of the English crown between 1369 and 1453. a period that includes Henry V's campaigns in France, most notably the Battle of Agincourt (1415) at which the power of the English archers was so decisively demonstrated . The details were extracted from  www.icmacentre.ac/soldier/database/ whose three databases are each taken from different types of record: namely, muster rolls, protections and attorneys, and Normandy garrison records.

 

The muster rolls database (94,962 entries in total) was compiled from those for the years 1369-1453 held at The National Archive. The muster rolls cover both land (mainly overseas) and naval expeditions and were probably drawn up in advance of a campaign and then repeated at least once during the formal muster before embarkation.

 

The protections and attorneys database (25,495 entries in total) also covers the years 1369-1453 and is taken from letters of protection and powers of attorney granted and recorded on Treaty rolls, Gascon rolls, and Scottish rolls, held at The National Archives. Protections and attorneys were legal instruments that were taken out by men prior to undertaking military service and as such can only be taken as evidence of intent to serve and not that the man concerned actually did serve. A letter of protection protected the individual from prosecution whilst serving overseas and by a power of attorney an individual could appoint legal representatives to act for him during his absence.

 

The Normandy  garrisons database (128,525 entries in total) covers the years 1415-1453. It lists men who served the English crown in the Normandy garrisons during the English occupation of Normandy. The information it contains was taken from records from the period that have since been dispersed to a number of repositories, many in France, as well as The National Archives.  

 

Surname Status Rank Captain Commander Year Nature of activity
Saul   Archer Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester Henry V 1415 Expedition, France
Saule Yeoman/valettus Archer Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester Henry V 1415 Expedition, France
Saule Yeoman/valettus Archer Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester Henry V 1415 Expedition, France
Sawle Yeoman/valettus Archer Richard Redman John, Duke of Bedford 1420 Expedition, France
Sewell     Hugh, Earl of Stafford   1373 France (overseas)
Sewell Esquire Man-at-arms Edmund, Earl of Stafford   1400 Expedition, Scotland
Sewell   Man-at-arms Sir John Holand John Holand, Earl of Huntingdon 1439 Standing force, Acquitaine
Sewell     Edward, Prince of Wales Edward, Prince of Wales 1369 Acquitaine
de Sewell     Edward, Prince of Wales   1372 Naval (super mare)
Sewell     Hugh, Earl of Stafford   1373 France (overseas)
Sewell Esquire Man-at-arms Edmund, Earl of Stafford   1400 Expedition, Scotland
Sewell   Archer William Bowet Henry V 1415 Expedition, France
Sewell   Man-at-arms Lord John Arundel Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester 1417 Expedition, France
Sewell       Thomas Beaufort, Duke of Exeter   Garrison, Avranches
Sewell     Richard Curson   1424 Sangatte, Picardy
Sewell   Man-at-arms Lord William Lovell   1421 Expedition, France
Sewell   Archer, foot Lord John Grey   1421 Personal retinue, Argentan
Sewell, alias Sewale Esquire   Thomas Mowbray, Earl of Norfolk   1392 Calais town
Soale   Man-at-arms, foot William de la Pole, Earl of Suffolk   1435 Garrison, Avranches
de la Sole   Man-at-arms Sir Hugh le Despenser Richard Fitz Alan, Earl of Arundel 1388 Expedition,naval
Sole   Archer Sir William Heron Richard Fitz Alan, Earl of Arundel 1388 Expedition, naval
atte Sole     Thomas Beaufort   1411 Calais castle
del Sole Yeoman/valettus Archer Thomas Fitz Alan, Earl of Arundel Henry V 1415, sick Expedition, France
Sole Yeoman/valettus Archer Sir William Bourchier Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester 1417 Expedition, France
Sole     Sir Richard Woodville   1439 France
Soul   Archer Lord John Cobham Thomas of Woodstock, Earl of Buckingham 1377-8 Expedition, naval
Soul   Archer Sir William Bucton   1426 Garrison, Lisieux
Soule Esquire Man-at-arms Sir Ralph de Ferrers Thomas of Woodstock, Earl of Buckingham 1377-8 Expedition, naval
Sowle   Archer Thomas de Mowbray, Earl of Nottingham Thomas de Mowbray, Earl of Nottingham 1389-90 Standing force Scotland (East march)
Sowle   Man-at-arms Sir Thomas Percy, junior Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland 1383-5 Not specified (Scottish Marches)
Sowle   Man-at-arms Sir John Blount Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland 1383-5 Not specified (Scottish Marches)
Sowle   Archer     1400 Expedition, Scotland

 

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