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St Martin's Cathedral Leicester
1 September 2006

Bragington headstone

Richard BRAGINGTON headstone
1 September 2006

South Devon Militia

Uniforms of Officer and Private 1812, Historical Records of the 1st Devon Militia (4th Battalion The Devonshire Regiment) (1897) by Colonel H Walrond, Longmans, Green, and Co, London p283

Richard BRAGINTON c1752-1812
The relationship between Richard BRAGINTON (b abt 1752), Quarter Master Sergeant, South Devon Militia and William BRAGINTON b 1767, soldier, is not yet known.

Braginton gravestone    
Beneath are deposited the remains of


Quarter Master Sergeant
of the South Devon Militia
who expired suddenly in this Town
on his march to Nottingham
in the night of the 15th of February 1812
after retiring to rest in perfect health

He served 40 years in the same Regiment
with unabated Zeal, diligence
and Loyalty to his King
and firm attachment to his Country
While his private conduct
was equally commendable
For recitude, Probity and Sobriety.
He was esteem'd by his Officers
and beloved by his fellow Soldiers.
To perpetuate the remembrance of his
worth, This stone was caus'd to be erected
By his Colonel Lord ROLLE.

Reader! may this additional Example of the awful uncertainty of Life
prove a warning to thee to prepare
for a similar fate by the faithful discharge of the
duties of thy station, and by a humble
reliance on the merits of they Redeemer.

Photo taken October 1992, provided by Ken G Robinson, Bridgwater, Somerset, September 1993

Transcription of the tombstone of Richard Braginton in the churchyard of St Martin's Church (now Cathedral), Leicester, by T Y Cocks, Lay Canon and Hon. Archivist, Leicester Cathedral, March 1993.
The burial register of St Martin's shows that Richard Braginton was buried on 17 Feb 1812 aged 60 yrs. (born abt 1752, enlisted abt 1772)

Leicester Journal, and Midland Counties General Advertiser, 21 February 1812
On Sunday last, the Sergeant Major of the South Devon Militia, passing through this town, with the regiment, was found dead by the side of his comrade in bed, without envincing any previous indisposition; he was buried the next day with military honours.
[Extract provided by Ken Robinson]

The Militia was like an Army Reserve for the regular full-time forces serving abroad. They pre-dated local police forces and could be sent anywhere in England as needed. Service in the Militia was usually voluntary, but where recruitment failed the quotas could be filled by ballot.

"The Regiment of Militia of which the 7th South Devon Battalion probably formed a company was in the area due to serious rioting by workers (Luddites) when more machinery was introduced to manufacturing industries (i.e. job losses). The Militia had previously been in the South East district guarding French prisoners."
Extract from a letter to Ken Robinson dated 16 Apr 1993 from L J Murphy Museum Attendant for Curator, The Regimental Headquarters, The Devonshire and Dorset Regiment, Myvern Barracks, Exeter EX2 6AE.

An extract from the above book:

This book of STANDING ORDERS of the SOUTH DEVON REGIMENT OF MILITIA issued in 1810 was the property of Lord Rolle of Stevenstone, North Devon, whose autograph it bears.
John Rolle joined the south Devon Militia as an ensign and in 1796 as its commanding officer he took it to Ireland to help to supress the rising which occurred when Britain was at war with France.
On his return to Devon he displayed a great interest in the Volunteer Cavalry known as the Yeomanry, and in 1801 he was instrumental in reorganising various south Devon independent units into the Royal First Devon Yeomanry, and in 1802 he instituted another corps of north Devon units into the North Devon Yeomanry (later designated the Royal North Devon Hussars) under his command.
John Rolle was created a Baron in 1796 and apart from his military interests he was an MP for sixteen years and was also active in many other phases of public life including the construction of the canal from Torridge to Torrington in 1825.
He died in 1842 at the age of ninety-two but two years earlier he had sufficient vitality to ride at the head of the First Devon Yeomanry at its annual inspection.

Information about the South Devon Militia by Mike Baron

William BRAGINTON m 1795 Elizabeth MATTHEWS

BRAGINTON links in Devon

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