When Great Britain pulled their troops out of Canada, a Militia Act was passed, making every able man from 18 to 60 years of age part of the militia. In 1866 the 32nd Bruce Battalion was formed. This Battalion joined other similar militia forces for two weeks of training annually in places such as Goderich, Niagara or London, as well as participating in some local training. These forces were at the ready, in the early days, during times of conflict, including the Trent Affair, the Fenian Raids, the Red River Rebellion, the North-West Rebellion and the South African (Boer) War. A few fought in these conflicts and a handful died, supporting the Dominion.

For more photographs and information about early conflicts, visit Bruce County Museum’s Online Collections Site: Early Conflicts.

Walkerton – 32nd Bruce Regiment Band 1881
There was often a band connected to the 32nd Bruce Regiment, usually a community band from somewhere in the county, that traveled with them when they went on their annual training drills.


Agnew, William
Ahmed, Albert Edward
Aitken, Thomas
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Alexander, David
Alison, Thomas
Allan, Thomas Caldwell
Ammann, Joseph Carl
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Anderson, George
Anewine, Joseph
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Atkinson, William
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Auld, John Young
Austel, Anthony
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Baker, James Daniel
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Ballagh, John
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Barbour, Robert
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Baughn, Frederick
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