The Medieval Combat Society
Also known as Banaster, Banester
Born: about 1334/1335, Bank Hall, Croston, Lancashire, England
Died: 16 December 1379, Irish Sea
Parents: Sir Adam Banastre (born 1310, Bretherton, Croston, Lancashire, England) married (about 1333 Bank Hall, Croston, Lancashire, England) Joan Petronilla (born about 1310) of Claughton
Thurston Banastre (born about 1337, Bank Hall, Croston, Lancashire, England)
Adam Banastre (born aboout 1340, Bank Hall, Croston, Lancashire, England)
William Banastre (born abouit 1341, Bretherton, Croston, Lancashire, England) married (about 1362): Sybil de Houghton (born about 1345)
John Banastre (born about 1343, Bank Hall, Croston, Lancashire, England)
Heraldic Coat of Arms: Argent, a cross patonce sable Described by George Beltz as Argent, a cross Cercelee Sable.
Crest: A peacock in his pride seiant, proper.
Knight of the Garter 1375, Stall 26, became a member of the order of the garter after the death of Walter Paveley
Thomas was fighting in France in 1360 in the campaign led by Edward III and was knighted by Edward III at Bourg la Reine. Thomas was in Prince Edward's Spanish campaign in 1366 and fought at the battle of Najera on 3 April 1367. In 1369 Thomas was in Anjou and was captured by the French and was exchanged for Sire Caponnel de Caponnat who was held by the English. On 16 December 1379 he was on board a fleet led by Sir John Arundel which encountered a storm in the Irish sea, and his ship struck a rock and Thomas was drowned. Sir Hugh Calveley was aboard the same ship but survived.
Memorials Of The Most Noble Order Of The Garter From Its Foundation To The Present Time, George Beltz, 1841