A veteran of 18 years' experience, Captain Skippon returned to England in 1638, and on 23 October 1639 was recommended by Charles I of England for a command in the Honourable Artillery Company and he moved to London to take up this command. With civil war looming, on 10 January 1642 he was made major-general and commander of the City of London's Trained Bands by Parliament in defiance of the king's authority, and two days later mustered them to welcome the five members who Charles had failed to arrest. On 13 May Charles ordered Skippon to join him at York, but Skippon replied "I desire to honour God and not to honour men" and Parliament declared Charles's order illegal.
Colours to the rear!!!
Skippon was absent at the Parliamentarian defeats at Edgehill and Brentford but continued to train his men before marching them out of London to reinforce the force of the Earl of Essex, the Lord General of Parliament's forces. He then faced Royalist forces at the Battle of Turnham Green, encouraging his under-trained militiamen with the words: “Come my boys, my brave boys, let us pray heartily and fight heartily. I will run the same hazards and fortunes with you. Remember the cause is for God, and for the defense of yourselves, your wives, your children. Come, my honest brave boys, pray heartily and fight heartily, and God will bless us."
Skippon Regiment of Foote was Parliamentarian unit raised as part of the Earl of Warwick’s reserve army and fought as part of the Earl of Essex’s army during the First Civil War.