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Regimental Commanding Officer

Dave 'Tosh' Thomas
Name Dave Thomas
Regimental name "Tosh" (or otherwise but less commonly known as "Captain Flash"), (or rarely known now but once upon a time known as "Lucky B*st*rd Swing Your Pants").
Location Northampton
Arm Pike
Rank Captain
Service 20 years
Appointments Rawdons Commanding Officer (CO)
First Muster

Joined in 1990 and attended my first battle in August at Himley Hall, Dudley, West Midlands with 4 other new recruits, at the tender age of 19. As I formed up on the battlefield I felt butterflies in my belly for maybe only the third time in my life to that point, and wondered what the heck I was letting myself in for!

As Parliament started to march towards us in wave after wave, coming over the hill in the distance, I really questioned my sanity. By the end of the weekend though only 2 of the 5 new recruits came back for more, and I was one of them! I'll never forget the adrenaline rush of the first engagement with the enemy. It was extremely tough, physical, almost reckless, but fantastic!

Why did I join?

I grew up in Old Basing, Basingstoke, with the ruins of Basing House, which saw major Civil War action. I visited it often with my school and saw re-enactments there as a child.

Later in life I worked at a C17th pub in the village, where the Sealed Knot would come to re-enact the events of Basing House and who would descend upon the pub in their masses, standing on the tables, singing weird (but strangely familiar) songs, playing silly drinking games, being extremely noisy, getting horribly drunk, wearing bizarre clothes and drinking the pub dry!

In the end, after much persuasion by the local regiment members (some of whom became regulars at the pub) to give it a try, they eventually wore me down and I thought if you can't beat them, join them, so I did, I loved it, and 20 years later I still love it!

Why I keep coming back ...

  • First and foremost it's the fellow members of the regiment. The PRIDE that is felt and the BOND that is struck between the people who fight with a fierce passion, and socialize with wild abandon, together side by side, forges life long friendships that go beyond the normal acquaintances, and forms a large extended family of brothers and sisters, who you trust implicitly.
  • Secondly, quite simply, would be the rush I STILL get every time I fight on the field. As Rawdons, we fight fair, and we fight hard, and NEVER give in, no matter what the odds!
  • Thirdly, would be the complete escapism from C21st life, for a weekend, somewhere you may never have been before, or may never have gone to at all, at amazing places over the UK.
  • Lastly, but by no means least, it is where I met my wife, albeit after about 13 seasons, and having borne me a beautiful boy, (pikeman!), as a family we enjoy the weekends away together with our friends immensely.
Most memorable muster

Where do I start? I must have been to over 140 events over these past 20 years with say an average of 7 events per year!

Too many good memories, and too many forgotten memories under the "affluence of incohol". Join up and I'll regale you with some stories over several beers ...

What roles have I done?
  • Promoted to Pike Corporal sometime back in the mid to late '90s because I shouted with too much enthusiasm.
  • Then busted back to a regular Pikeman to be given the appointment of Company Standard Bearer only to be promoted back to Corporal immediately afterwards! (Standard Bearers shouldn't have had a rank!)
  • Promoted to Pike Sergeant sometime later in the '90s / early '00s (it's all a bit of a blur now, can you tell?)
  • Appointed to Pike Commanding Officer around 2004 (I think; who's counting?)
  • Appointed to Rawdons Regiment 2nd in Command (2iC) at the end of 2005.
  • Promoted to Captain Lieutenant mid 2006.
  • Camp Commandant for the Rawdons muster at Ringwood in July 2006.
  • Quartermaster for the Rawdons muster at Faringdon in July 2008.
  • Promoted to Captain in 2009.
  • Appointed to Rawdons Regiment Commanding Officer at Easter 2010.
Day time job National Account Manager for a sales & marketing company.

2IC and Musket CommanderBack to Top

Trefor 'Christmas' Ward
Name Trefor Ward
Regimental name "Christmas"
Location Worthing, West Sussex
Arm Musket
Rank Lieutenant
Service 15 years
Appointments Musket Commander
First Muster

Taunton 1995. I managed to break someone's front teeth on my first day. On my second day, I broke a musket.

Why did I join? It's all Ian Silk's fault!
Why I keep coming back ...

I can't imagine consistently having this much fun, with such great people, doing anything else.

Most memorable muster

To be honest they start blurring together after a while. Faringdon 2008 was fairly special, but I'd have to say Bourtange 2005. (Yes I know it wasn't technically an SK event, but it was full of Rawdons and we invaded Germany and got to be Marines!)

What roles have I done?
  • Musket Corporal.
  • Musket Sergeant.
  • Shooting at Roundheads.
  • Shouting at other people so that they shoot at Roundheads.
Day time job SAP Payroll Consultant

Gun CaptainBack to Top

Jenny Billinghurst
Name Jenny Billinghurst
Regimental name "Fairy Story Goldilocks Screaming Rawdon" - better known these days as "Mummy Jenny".
Arm Artillery
Rank Captain
Service 30 plus years (joined Autumn 1979).
Appointments Gun Captain and Artillery Commander
First Muster

Mount Edgecumbe, Cornwall ... just over the River Tamar from Plymouth.

Why did I join?

I was a bored teenager determined to have the same fun as my older brothers who were already members.

Why I keep coming back ...

After all these years too many reasons to say just one, friends made here are friends for life. I have grown from teenager to grandmother with many treasured memories and comrades.

Most memorable muster
  • Mount Edgecumbe (1980), I stayed up very excited until dawn and as the pre-dawn light came I was with my Mum making shapes from clouds. I did not realise I was on a hill and found it strange that a cloud could look like a battleship. The cloud emerged as the aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal. Later that day colours (flags) were mysteriously seen flying aboard. The MOD took it in relative good humour and returned the colours for the next two days battles.
  • Murder in the dark in an apple orchard at Nettlebed in Berkshire in 1981. Now that was a mini!
  • Carisbrooke Castle our regiment were the Kings' men and my daughter portrayed the imprisoned Princess Elizabeth.
  • Faringdon Castle Campaign, fighting withdrawal to the castle through a valley. Our artillery proved they were most excellent at ambushing, and doing their version of the Royal Tournament gun run getting the guns over a 5' fence at the top of a 4' slope. And yes everything does come apart just like the gun run.
  • Other places ... Berkely Castle,Faringdon and Burridge for the night fights and fire pike assaults. I could go on but find out for yourself.
What roles have I done?
  • Camp follower
  • Drummer
  • Gunner
  • Gun Captain
  • First Aid
  • Provost
Day time job I work for a certain Blue Nose Bear in the catalogue and export department.

Drum MajorBack to Top

Kerine Bambridge
Name Kerine Bambridge
Regimental name "Deadly Silent Rawdon"
Location Totton, Hampshire
Arm Drum
Rank Corporal
Service Since 87 (on and off)
Appointments
  • Regimental Drum Major.
First Muster

My parents have been members for a long time so I was just a brand new baby when I went to my first event, however my first event back under my own steam was losely '09' which I took my fiance (now Husband) to.

Why did I join?

I re-joined because we had gone back for a major as my brother wanted to celebrate his 18th birthday there, I dragged my fiance along who decided that he quite enjoyed it and we haven't really looked back since.

Why I keep coming back ...

I keep coming back because I have met some amazing people along the way who never cease to amaze me. Rawdons is an extension to my family. It allows us to take time out of our busy lives to make sure we spend time together as a family doing something that we all enjoy, my children love the camping, dressing up, playing with the drums and seeing their friends too. Nothing beats sitting round in a big circle (sometimes with a fire) after a good battle, having a good old sing song and chatter whilst watching the children play.

Most memorable muster

1995 We did a long march from Basing to Farringdon, it took a whole week but was amazing!

Lots of memories from when I was a child of being on the march and drumming, I can't actually pinpoint a muster

Cheriton 2005 my first Major on the battle field, I had done the odd mini but nothing quite cuts it like a major.

And finally since 2009 the main thing that sticks in my mind is Glynde 2012, marching onto the battlefield, down the hill with the drums beating and the regiment whistling in tune with the fyfe!

What roles have I done?
  • Drumming.
Day time job Laboratory Assistant

"Goodwife" or Matron of the FieldBack to Top

Denise 'Denis' Marshall
Name Denise Marshall
Regimental name "Gnasher" is my christened name, but everyone calls me Denis.
Location Old Basing, Hampshire
Arm Camp Follower
Rank N/A as Camp Followers cannot hold rank, but am equivalent to a Regimental / Tertio Arm Commander.
Service 17 years
Appointments Regimental and Tertio "Goodwife" or Matron of the Field.
First Muster

Farleigh Hungerford in 1993.

Why did I join?

I started going out with someone who had been a member of the Regiment for several years and realised a few months later that if I didn't join the Sealed Knot I wouldn't see him during the summer months! Despite parting with him some time later, I was hooked and am still here.

Why I keep coming back ...

For the fun and laughter I have, with the numerous friends I've made over the years. This isn't just confined to when we are away at a muster, but when we meet up outside of the season.

Having met my husband Nick at his first muster, it gives us something to do together that is vastly different to our normal 21st century lifestyle.

Most memorable muster

Crikey, where to start! I guess Ripley Castle in July 1994 when I first met Nick has to count as the main one, but there have been numerous others:

  • Carisbrooke on the Isle of Wight in 1998, where Arthur Starkie brought Charles I to life and his performance brought tears to Royalists and Parliamentarians alike.
  • Faringdon in 1995 and 2008, where we were back in our "second" home and got to pay our respects at Sir Marmaduke Rawdon's grave.
  • Although not a Sealed Knot event, the trip overseas to Grolle in 2008 ranks as a major high, with re-enactors from all over Europe taking part.
What roles have I done?
  • Deputy Camp Commandant at the Faringdon 1995 muster.
  • Camp Commandant for the Carisbrooke muster.
  • Camp Commandant for the Burridge muster.
  • Involved in planning and organising other regimental musters.
  • Involved in planning and organising regimental banquets.
  • Regimental Goodwife.
  • Tertio Goodwife.
Day time job Account Executive for a Company providing Financial Protection to Individuals and Companies.

Regimental Adjutant and Pike CommanderBack to Top

Richard 'Tweety' Billinghurst.  Photograph Copyright © John Beardsworth.
Name Richard L T Billinghurst
Regimental name

"Gannet Sasquatch" - the first is due to me eating a lot and the second is due to all my hair.

I am more commonly known as "Tweety" - due to my Sealed Knot kit being all yellow like Tweety-Pie. (I was 17 at the time the name was given and it has stayed, but I like it).

Location Bognor Regis, West Sussex
Arm Pike
Rank Sergeant
Service 25 years
Appointments
  • Adjutant.
  • 2IC of Pike.
  • File Leader.
  • Provost.
First Muster

Viables spring 1985 with cat called Hopton (my mothers) in The Western Millita.

Why did I join?

I was born into it (1984). It is how my parents met each other and how my grandparents met (we now have 4 generations of my family in the Regiment).

Why I keep coming back ...

Great friends, good fun, the port circles and it is in my blood (I will always do it).

Most memorable muster
  • Well as I am in my 26th season there are many to pick from, but at the top is Basing 2001. This was my first on the battlefield (always a big one for the children of the Sealed Knot).
  • Berkley Castle 2007 - seven battles in one weekend.
  • Taunton 2004 - a great social event as well as battle. Lots of fun with coasters, make-up and good company.
What roles have I done?
  • General dogsbody.
  • File Leader since 2003.
  • Became a Corporal in 2005.
  • Provost since 2007.
  • Guard Comandant at Faringdon 2008.
  • Became a Sergeant in 2008.
  • Pike 2IC since April 2010.
  • Carried the Regimental Colour and my Company Colour on more than one battle (always a big honour).
  • When I was 13 I played the Page to Princess Elizabeth (who was played by my sister) at Carisbroke Castle.
Day time job I work for a Big teddy bear on Tangmere Airfield (this is not a joke) and I work with the West Sussex Youth Wing.

Public Relations OfficerBack to Top

Chris 'Ribbit' Burfitt
Name Chris Burfitt
Regimental name "Ribbit" - due to hopping around on my crutches at Detling.
Location Glyn Ceiriog, North Wales, nr. Llangollen
Arm Shot
Rank None
Appointments

Public Relations Officer

First Muster

Stratford 2002

Why did I join?

It's all Trefor's fault!

Why I keep coming back ...

Great friends, and the musket port circle.

Most memorable muster

Basing 2007 - great company on Living History, but it was SO COLD!

What roles have I done?
  • Adjutant
  • General dogsbody
  • Musket file leader
Day time job Managing Consultant.
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