Sussex Militia List 1803 Southern Division Pevensey Rape

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Sussex Militia List 1803 Southern Division Pevensey Rape

In 1803, when Napoleon was threatening to invade England, an Act of Parliament was passed authorising the nearest thing the Country had seen to a general mobilisation of able-bodied men. The Act required lists to be drawn of all men between the ages of 17 and 55 and the lists for Pevensey Rape survive.

Pevensey Rape formed the middle 'third' of East Sussex - roughly between the River Ouse in the West and Pevensey Haven in the East. It was divided into two divisions: the Northern Division under the Earl of Sheffield (of Sheffield Park, Fletching) and the Southern Division under Lord Gage (of Firle).

The lists give the names of the men, their occupations, their approximate age and family responsibilities. There are also 'remarks' which note a willingness to serve, physical incapacity and existing volunteer service.

The parishes in the Southern Division of Pevensey Rape were as follows:

Northern Division:Alciston, Alfriston, Arlington, Beddingham, Berwick, Bishopstone, Blatchington, Chalvington, Denton, Eastbourne, East Dean, Folkington, Friston, Glynde, Hailsham, Heighton, Hellingly, Jevington, Laughton, Litlington, Lullington, Ringmer, Ripe, St Thomas in the Cliffe, Lewes, Selmeston, South Malling, Stanmer, Tarring, West Dean, West Firle, Wilmington, Willingdon.

These lists are not just of interest to genealogists but also military, social and economic historians as well as those interested in local history.

Details of 2,411 men are included in the Militia List. Full surname index.

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