17th / 18th Centuries

The story starts in the late 17th Century with the raising of the Regular Army at Charles II’s Restoration in 1660.

In this part of the museum we see examples of uniform from the time and follow the exploits of the Regiments of Cheshire as they serve all over the world.

18th Century discipline was harsh and intended to make the men “more frightened of their superiors than the enemy”, as one martinet put it.

Artefacts from the Seven Years War in America (1756 – 63) including a bronze medal issued for the capture of Louisburg.

The story is told of the Battle of Dettingen in 1743 where a detachment of the 22nd saved King George II.

A tableau of Sergeant John Shipp leading the Forlorn Hope at the Siege of Bhurtpore in 1805 illustrates the 22nd Regiment’s exploits in India.

Drill was essential to battlefield discipline as shown in the fine 1793 Volunteer drill book on display.

The Cheshire Yeomanry were raised in 1797 “to keep the King’s peace in the county”. They were soon involved in garrison duty in Liverpool as the regular army (the main police force at the time) was largely away fighting or defending and policing the expanding empire.

Listen to ‘Reveille’ and ‘Retreat’ being played on the bugle. Bugle and Trumpet calls were used by many armies to pass orders in battle and in camp.

Sergeant John Shipp at the Siege of Bhurtpore in 1805 in India

18th Century discipline