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Names extracted from a photocopied page
John Parker 23
George Cleaver 25
Jesse? Fry 45
James Sharp 47
John Alley 36
John Wager 26
Daniel Barrington 18
William Russell 26
William Timbrell 32
All the above privates to the number of 38 [only part of document seen] were duly sworn this 29th day of August 1803 before me John Paul Paul
George Butt 37
Robert Timbrell 26
Richard Lancaster 56
The above named were duly sworn this 30th day of August 1803 before Henry Sloper
Tetbury troop was comprised from the districts of Tetbury, Badminton & Avening, it's strength when formed would be:
1 quartermaster
2 sergeants
2 corporals
1 trumpeter
43 troopers

Lieut-Col H.H.Sloper died at the age of 44.  In November 1811 Major Edward Wilbraham was promoted to Lieut-Col who was in turn replaced by Capt.H.J.Biederman, promoted to Major.  Lieut.T.J.Biederman was to be Captain and Richard Capes (gent.) was to be Lieut.

In 1830 the Tetbury Troop was formed in reponse to threat of riots as were other local troops, the first being Mr Codrington of Dodington Park.  These local troops (including Fairford, Gloucester, Cirencester, Stroud and Bristol) merged in about 1834 to form the Gloucestershire Yeoman Cavalry.
The London Gazette gave the following officers
Ths Grimston Bucknall Estcourt, gent, to be captain 19/2/1831
Walter Matthew Paul, gent to be Lieutenant 19/2/1831
Robert Blagden Hale, gent to be Lieutenant 28/3/1831
Robert Stainer Holford, gent to be Cornet 19/2/1831
Mr Playne cornet in 1839
During 1831 there were riots in Bristol to which the Tetbury Troop was called to attend.
"about 12:00 Captain Estcourt with the Tetbury Troop arrived in Bristol. ....
On receiving the requisition, Captain Estcourt at once sent round to the members of his troop living near Tetbury to prepare for the march, several being called out of church, who were then attending the evening service. A groom was also despatched to Longfords with instructions to Quartermaster Playne, who at that time acted as Adjutatn, to warn the men living in the Avening district, and to send orders round for parade at 6:30am the following morning on the green in front of the Talbot Inn. The troop cheerfully answered to the call, every available man being present; and about 11:30 Captain Estcourt, who was accompanied by Ltnt Paul & cornet Holford, found himself a mile outside the city [Bristol]"
They remained there for one week, successfully accomplishing the task to which they were assigned - preventing any further pillage in the area of St James Barton, following riots.

Devizes and Wiltshire Gazette Thursday, November 14th, 1833
On Monday evening last week, the Officers of the three Troops of Gloucestershire Yeomanry Cavalry then assembled at Gloucester for eight days training and exercise; viz. the Gloucester Troop, commanded by Capt.Walters; the Dodington and Marshfield Troop, commanded by Capt.C.W.Codrington; and the Tetbury Troop, under the command of Capt.T.G.B.Estcourt, M.P.; gave a Ball and Supper to the ladies, at the Bell hotel, when the assembly-room was graced by a splendid, numerous, and fashionable company. "Upwards of 250[?] persons," says the Gloucester Journal. "comprising members of many of the leading families of the county, partook of this festivity, heretofore unrivalled. Weippert's band was in attendance, led by the veteran himself, and under their inspiring strains the pleasures of the mazy dance were prolonged till a very advanced hour." On Tuesday and Wednesday the three Troops were inspected separately by the Hon.Lieut.Col.Molyneux, of the 8th Hussars; and the result was in the highest degree creditable both to the Officers and the men. It is said that the three Troops intend to form a Regiment, the command of which will be offered to the Marquis of Worcester. It is supposed that some other of the Troops in the county will also join in this arrangement.

13th August an order for the troop to attend at Stroud to aid civil power. Troop to assemble at 4:00, and they marched from Tetbury at 5:30 to Hampton Common. On arriving it was deemed that they were no longer required so were dismissed.

Capt T G B Estcourt
Ltnt W M Paul
R B Hale
Cornet R S Holford
Q’master W Playne
Sgt T Spencer
S Saunders
Y Surman
Cpl R Paul
T Witts
Trumpeter G Chapple
J Barnett; F Brown; T Marshall; B Tanner; J Hughes; J Cave; G Clark; A Drew; J Hayward; T Holliday; W Holliday; W Moss; T Simpkins; S Stevens; R Tanner; R Taylor; B Watts; J Wise; E Wise; W Woody; T Howell; E Sidney; C Emerson; F Wedge; R Long; R Draper; W Tanner; E Watts; D Brooks; J Dutton; W Purnell; J Evans; H Moore; G Ellis; T Moore; J Ogden; J Paul; E Playne; H Playne; W Seally; e Seally; E Rich; C Weylan; J Box; J Lemmon; H Simpkins; P Smith.

Badminton & Tetbury troops merged, to be called Badminton troop, under command of Lord Worcester


Fox, Frank History of the royal Gloucestershire Hussars yeomanry 1898-1922 Publisher Allan, 1923
Quin, W H Wyndham Yeomanry cavalry of Gloucestershire and Monmouth Publisher Westley's Librar, 1898
Clifford, Rollo The Royal Gloucestershire Hussars / Rollo Clifford Publisher Stroud : Alan Sutton, 1991 ISBN 0862999820
Francis Brown of Tetbury in Hussar Uniform
Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum website - search the catalogue for Tetbury to find a photograph of Tetbury Home Guard

Gloucestershire Archives
D 566/Z/13 date: 1803-1806 Tetbury Volunteer Infantry: papers, correspondence, muster rolls, etc., including printed booklet of 'Articles, Rules, and Regulations' of the Tetbury Loyal Volunteers, 1803.
D4920/1/2 date: 1831-1838 - Tetbury ('D') troop of Gloucestershire Yeomanry Cavalry order book - Includes first meeting of troop, 1831; references to deployment of cavalry in Bristol during riots, 1831

National Archives
WO 13/4351 War Office and predecessors: Militia and Volunteers Muster Books and Pay Lists - Gloucestershire Horsley & Tetbury Volunteers
WO 13/4352/ War Office and predecessors: Militia and Volunteers Muster Books and Pay Lists- Gloucestershire Tetbury Volunteers
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