Essex Regiment & Essex Militia History

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Essex Men at Agincourt 1415

Henry V's campaign in France led to the great battle of Agincourt on October 1415.
Superior tactics and the use of the longbow enabled Henry's army to defeat the French and start a period of British domination of a large area of France.

Essex men
Henry's army contained a contingent of Essex men, the most prominent of which was Richard, Earl of Oxford who at the time was based at Castle Hedingham. Not only did his  personal force number 40 men at arms and 100 archers but his importance led to many other Essex men joining the army in France.
28 of his lancer followers were listed after the battle. Although we can't be certain it is likely that the men were also based at Castle Hedingham and many would have been born and bred in Essex.

Thomas Beston
John Henry
John Taverner
Edmond Folstoff
Godfrey Denys
Robert Wellyng
William Preston
John Edmund
Richard Arderne
Thomas Balinburgh
Richard Worcester
John Wolf
Ranlyn Wardale
John Somerton
William Petylion
William Steryn
John Remys
Robert Wark
John Bendyshe
Thomas Tyringham
Edmund Preston
George Laughton
William Sensler
John Balinburgh
Roger Eston
Thomas Stonygez
Edmund Taylour
John Blackeys

A support network was in place in England to keep the army supplied during the period of war and for the period of occupation that followed..
In 1418 the Sheriffs of Essex and Hertfordshire were required to supply 100,000 feathers for making arrows.
Shipping in the Thames was seized to provide troop transport to France and the wealthy were requested to make loans to the King.
Carrying out this work in Essex on behalf of the King were
The Earl of Oxford
Henry Lord Bourchier Count of Eu
Maurice Bruyn
Nicholas Morley
Robert Darcy
John Doreward
Lewis Johan
John Teye
Geoffrey Rokhill
John Godmanston

Source-The Essex Militia by John William Burrows published 1929