"recent arrival of a militia regiment"
Camp of the British 43rd Regiment in 1755
Public DomainCamp of the British 43rd Regiment in 1755 - Credit: Lewis Parker

The militia was composed of civilians who would serve in emergencies.

A full regiment may contain from a few hundred to a couple of thousand soldiers. It is commanded by a Colonel.

England's volatile relationship with France following the Napoleonic Wars meant that a well-trained army was extremely important.