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Under the Defence of the Realm Act , lists known as "Posse Comitatus" lists and "Levee en Masse" lists were made in 1798 and 1803/04 respectively. These Defence Lists, despite their name, were not lists of those intended for military service. Their intention was to organise reserves of men not already serving in a military capacity for the defence of Britain against a French invasion. They would have been needed to evacuate the civilian population, remove wildstock and crops from the path of the invaders, gather arms and equipment and deal with food supplies to the forces and civilian population.
The Posse Comitatus and Levee en Masse lists were comprehensive records of all able-bodied men not already serving in the forces and aged between 15 and 60, whilst occupations such as millers, bakers, wagoners, barge owners etc - anyone who could be useful in certain ways - were also noted.
For anyone interested in fuller details of the Defence Lists and other militia and muster rolls, you are recommended to obtain the excellent booklet 'Militia Lists and Musters 1757-1876' by Jeremy Gibson and Mervyn Medlycott, published by the Federation of Family History Societies and obtainable through the following online bookshop: www.familyhistorybooks.co.uk.
|Clergyman||Revd J Risley jnr|
|John Pollard snr|
|John Pollard jnr|
|Thomas Horwood jnr|
|Officer of Excise||Richard Ackland|
|Pig Poker||John Bedford||deaf|
|Thomas Grantham snr|
|Thomas Grantham jnr|
|Thomas Buckingham jnr|
|Thomas Harvey jnr|
|John Packer snr|
|John Packer jnr|
|William Packer jnr|
|Collarmakers||John Stutchfield snr|
|John Stutchfield jnr|
|Blacksmiths||George Barett snr|
|Thomas Eddins snr|
|William Sheers||Baker's servant|
|Joseph Bloxham jnr|
|Thomas Norris||one eye lost|
|Moses Short||one arm lost|
|Thomas Twitchen jnr|
|Thomas Winterbourne jnr|
[my original transcript file is corrupt from this point and will be replaced from my original notes as soon as I can find them .... !!! Sorry!]