Katman63 wrote: ... He married in 1853 - too soon for Crimean War? ....
I hoped that you had the exact date - the Crimean War started in October 1853 so I can't answer your question!
A quick Google suggests that, if he is local, then the East Kent Militia is one possibility, but there also seems to have been an artillery militia in the area.
If he was embodied (called up and put into uniform) then I think that the National Archives at Kew will have the relevant Muster Books and Pay Lists (an MBPL is one document). They don't have a lot of detail but a rare name (maybe?) like that might be diagnostic and show that he had been called up. And they're going to have dates in there showing what happened when.
Otherwise one of the Kent Archives might hold other militia related lists to show that he'd been a militiaman.
But be wary - there are different sorts of unit at various times - not just militia infantry but militia artillery, volunteers (not sure about the times there). All might be referred to as a soldier.
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