Known universally as Johan Pilsbury, Jon Courtney-Thompson has been a member of Hammonds since 1989, and has been in command of the regiment since August 2009, taking over on the twenty fifth anniversary of the formation of the best unit in the Sealed Knot!
Jon joined the regiment with his mate Alan back in the eighties, and before long he had roped in lots of his friends and family. He was a pikeman for a number of years before being chosen by the then commanding officer to carry the Regimental Colours with the rank of Ensign. Having carried the standard for nearly a decade Jon was asked to consider taking on the role of Second-in-Command in 2007, and he carried out this role until his appointment as Commanding Officer in August 2009. (This is the shortest history possible - if you would like the full history bring a couple of beers and a comfy chair)!
Jon has spent a lot of his time arranging events either for the Regiment, the Armie of Parliament and even the Society. He has a fabulous team of Officers that are all active members constantly looking at ways to keep the regiment busy. We have our own Anniversary Event at Naseby where the Regiment remembers the fallen at the Battle of Naseby on the 14th June 1645 - Hammond's Regiment's first battle! Jon was recognised for his organisation of the Armie of Parliament Training Weekend in 2009 with a Commonwealth Medal, and was promoted to Major for improving the Training Weekend when it was repeated in 2010. Jon was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel at Losely Park in 2011.
Our aim as a unit is to bring enthusiasm and enjoyment to re-enactment. The brief from Jon to his Officers is to promote high levels of authenticity in equipment, drill and to present the Regiment in the very best way we can.