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Bruce in Khaki

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The Bruce in Khaki newspaper, was a production of the military Officers, N.C.O.s and men of the 160th Battalion, “It was printed at A. Lindsay’s Printing Office, Godalming, Surrey, where the Editor and his helpers were generously allowed full use of the office and equipment. …[and]… had entire charge of the editing, printing and distribution of the paper. The first copy was printed on October 12, 1917, and copies were printed weekly up to the sixth copy, after which, owing to the difficulty in securing paper and the War Office requiring to censor the contents, etc., it was almost impossible to get it printed; however a final copy, No. 7, was published as a New Year’s Edition, on the 1st of January, 1918.” 

The spirit of the newspaper was reflected In the introductory volume: “We believe that the new venture – the publication of a battalion paper, will be an inspiration to our boys and of supreme interest to the folks in the old home land of Canada. “ “Bruce in Khaki” included short stories, poems, camp news and news from home, inside-jokes and humorous tales, and information about the soldiers forming part of 160th Bruce Battalion, reflecting their activities in camp as well as their connections to home. 

In 1934, James Treve and Thomas Johnston released “Bruce in Khaki: A History of the Bruce Battalion and Complete Nominal Roll of all Men who were at any time on the strength of the Battalion.” The history includes details of organization and recruiting, training, departure for overseas, demobilization of 5th division, and badges. The nominal roll shows regimental number, rank and name, as well as the company or section the man belonged to in the 160th battalion, the unit served with in France, England, and whether killed, wounded, gassed, or decorated. 

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Bruce Remembers is a project of Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre. The project’s goal is to commemorate the men and women who served