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Introduction

See Colours of Infantry Militia in English Civil War for background information on the Trained Bands. Details of individual colours are shown for the Yellow regiment; it is mostly sufficient to show just the Sergeant Major's colour of the other units.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 November 2010

Sources:

Ede-Borrett (1987)
Peachey and Prince (1991)
Keith Roberts: 'London and Liberty- ensigns of the London Trained bands'; Leigh-on-Sea, 1987, Partizan Press
Peter Young and Richard Holmes: 'The English Civil War - A Military History of the Three Civil Wars 1642-1651', London 1974, Purnell Book Services; [www.traynedbandes.org.uk]


Southwark before 1645

First Regiment

[London Trained Bands colours] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 November 2010

Bore the same colours as the Red Regiment. Other sources say, the devices were yellow, the Sergeant Major's colour had one yellow pile wavy.
Ian Sumner, Christopher Southworth and Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 November 2010

Second Regiment

The SecondĚ Regiment bore the same colours as white auxiliaries.
Ian Sumner, Christopher Southworth and Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 November 2010


Southwark since 1645

Both (First and Second) regiments had merged to one. The sheet was yellow, the devices were blue discs.
Ian Sumner, Christopher Southworth and Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 November 2010

Sergeant Major's colour

[London Trained Bands colours] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 November 2010

[London Trained Bands colours] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 November 2010

The Sergeant Major's colour had one disc, a 2nd variant had one short pile wavy instead of a disc.
Ian Sumner, Christopher Southworth and Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 November 2010

Fifth Captain

[London Trained Bands colours] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 November 2010

The rare 5th Captain's colour had six discs ordered squarish with two of them upon the descending diagonal.
Ian Sumner, Christopher Southworth and Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 November 2010


Southwark auxiliaries before 1646

The sheet was white, the devices were unknown.
Ian Sumner, Christopher Southworth and Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 November 2010


Southwark auxiliaries since 1646

The sheet was black, the devices were unknown.
Ian Sumner, Christopher Southworth and Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 November 2010

Lieutenant Colonel's colour

[London Trained Bands colours] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 November 2010

The Lieutenant Colonel's colour was black with a St. George canton without device.
Ian Sumner, Christopher Southworth and Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 November 2010


Tower Hamlets before(?) 1643

The sheet was red, the devices were white discs, the discs were placed along the top edge of the sheet.
Ian Sumner, Christopher Southworth and Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 November 2010

Sergeant Major's colour

[London Trained Bands colours] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 November 2010

The Sergeant Major's colour had one disc.
Ian Sumner, Christopher Southworth and Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 November 2010


Tower Hamlets reported 1643

The sheet was red, in the centre of the colour was a motto in white capitals: "IEHOVA(1st line) PROVIDE(2nd line)BIT(3rd line)". The distance between 2nd and 3rd line was smaller because both were forming one word. The motto thus was "Iehova providebit" (= God will take good care). The motto was surrounded by two white palm leaves.
Ian Sumner, Christopher Southworth and Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 November 2010

Colonel's Colour

[London Trained Bands colours] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 November 2010

In each corner of the Colonel's colour was a white sprig of palm. The other colours of the unit had the St. George canton in the upper hoist corner.
Ian Sumner, Christopher Southworth and Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 November 2010

Detail of Wreath

[London Trained Bands colours] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 November 2010

Lieutenant Colonel

[London Trained Bands colours] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 November 2010

The other colours of the unit had the St. George canton in the upper hoist corner.
Ian Sumner, Christopher Southworth and Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 November 2010

First Captain

[London Trained Bands colours] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 November 2010

The First Captain's colour had two white discs ordered horizontally alongside the top edge.
Ian Sumner, Christopher Southworth and Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 November 2010


Tower Hamlets reported 1647

The sheet was red, in the centre of the colour was a white square with a representation of the Tower of London.
Ian Sumner, Christopher Southworth and Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 November 2010

Sergeant Major's Colours

[London Trained Bands colours] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 November 2010

[London Trained Bands colours] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 November 2010

The Sergeant Major's colour is known in two variants, having a white pile wavy instead of a disc, in variant#1 the central square is superimposed on the pile, in variant#2 the pile is superimposed on the square.
Ian Sumner, Christopher Southworth and Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 November 2010

Second Captain

[London Trained Bands colours] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 November 2010

The depicted 2nd Captain's colour had three white discs ordered horizontally alongside the top edge.
Ian Sumner, Christopher Southworth and Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 November 2010


Tower Hamlets auxiliaries

The sheet was yellow, the device was unknown.
Ian Sumner, Christopher Southworth and Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 November 2010