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 During the Civil Wars some Trained Bands continued and fought as temporary additions to the field armies, and were expanded by the addition of Auxiliary and Volunteer regiments. The London Trained Bands are the best examples, and have been extensively studied. Other Trained Bands were combed for volunteers, that were re-organised into field army regiments, such as the Cornish Trained Bands. Still others were disarmed or slipped into obscurity. ​ During the Civil Wars some Trained Bands continued and fought as temporary additions to the field armies, and were expanded by the addition of Auxiliary and Volunteer regiments. The London Trained Bands are the best examples, and have been extensively studied. Other Trained Bands were combed for volunteers, that were re-organised into field army regiments, such as the Cornish Trained Bands. Still others were disarmed or slipped into obscurity. ​
  
-In some cases it is easy to distinguish Trained Band from 'Regular' units; Alexander Popham paraded the Bath Trained Band in early 1643 and ordered them to lay down their arms, subsequently recruiting a 'Regular' regiment on his own terms. In other cases the distinction is not so clear, so some 'Regular' regiments may appear here and some Trained Bands may appear in the Royalist or Parliamentarian lists.+In some cases it is easy to distinguish Trained Band from 'Volunteer' units; Alexander Popham paraded the Bath Trained Band in early 1643 and ordered them to lay down their arms, subsequently recruiting a 'Volunteer' regiment on his own terms. In other cases the distinction is not so clear, so some 'Volunteer' regiments may appear here and some Trained Bands may appear in the Royalist or Parliamentarian lists.
  
-The Trained Bands of horse have left very little evidence, most likely dissolving as men volunteered for the Royalist or Parliamentarian horse regiments. ​+As well as the Trained Bands there were Freehold Bands in several counties, these appear to have been the remainder of the armed citizenry that were not obliged to muster for training. ​The entire adult male strength of a county could theoretically be called out as the Posse Comitatus as was occasionally attempted, generally unsuccessfully. 
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 +Trained Bands of horse have left relatively ​little evidence, most likely dissolving as men volunteered for the Royalist or Parliamentarian horse regiments. ​ 
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 +After the Parliamentarian victory in the First Civil War the Trained Bands of foot and horse continued, but were now more often called the Militia. During the Third Civil War the Militias were activated across England and Wales, with some fighting at the Battle of Worcester. 
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 +The Militia continued in existence after the Restoration up until Victorian times, when they were incorporated into the County Regiments of the Army. 
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 +  * [[trained-band:​Trained Band Lists:]]