33rd Huron Regiment Cap Badge, c. 1904.
33rd Huron Regiment Cap Badge, c. 1904. 37 mm x 48 mm, brass, in extremely fine condition. Footnote: In 1866, the threat of Fenian Raids was a real fear for Huron County settlers, so the village of Ainleyville put together a corps of volunteers. There were many false alarms and many occasions when the Huron Volunteers were sent back and forth to repel attacks that never happened. The men finally returned home and disbanded. The foundation was laid, however, for the Huron Regiment, which volunteered and fought with distinction in both world wars. Men from Brussels (Ainleyville was renamed in 1872) formed part of the 2nd Contingent of the 33rd Battalion in World War I and were part of the "Fighting 61st" in World War II. The 161st Infantry Battalion, comprised of men from all walks of life in Huron County, was organized at the end of 1915. Recruiting offices were established in several towns and the men were trained as they enlisted.