Lieutenant Colonel W.H. Bruce
173rd (Canadian Highlanders) Battalion
A very good officer well qualified and with many years experience in the Militia. He is tactful, popular with all ranks and fitted for command. He has organized and trained a battalion which does him credit.
(Maj. Gen. Lessard, Inspection Report, 12 Oct 1916)
Born on 26 May 1870 in Hamilton, Ontario, Walter Hamilton Bruce was a seed merchant and militia officer. He had belonged to the 13th Royal Regiment for 14 years and the 91st Highlanders for 9 years. In February 1916, Bruce began to organize the 173rd Battalion from his hometown. Continue reading