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art The British Army in Boston: Returns of Strength, 1775

These returns do not include commissioned officers, sergeants and musicians. The normal complement for an infantry regiment was 1 lieutenant colonel, 1 major, 8 captains, 20 lieutenants, 1 adjutant, 1 quartermaster, 1 surgeon, 1 surgeon’s mate, 1 chaplain (4th and 10th regiment only), 20 sergeants, and 12 fifes and drums. Only corporals and privates were counted in these estimates of “rank and file.” The normal complement of corporals was three to a company at full strength.


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