IODE Kent Regiment Chapter 1913 - 2015
Photos Courtesy Of Norma West and Les McCracken
Welcome to the IODE Kent Regiment Chapter Website
On Wednesday 30 April 1913, a meeting was called for the purpose of organizing a military chapter of the Imperial Order of Daughters Of The Empire at the request of Lt. Col H.D. Smith, who was at that time the commanding officer of the 24th Kents. The Chapter would be formed to support the soldiers, their families, and the women and children of our community. A motion was made that a Military Chapter be formed and that it’s name should be The 24th Kent Regiment Chapter I.O.D.E.
An application for a charter was then signed by the National President and Secretary. Ninety-five members were then inscribed in the roll book. The first regent was Mrs. A.C. Woodward and the first meeting was held at the Chatham Armoury with Lt Colonel Smith acting as chairman. The 24th Kent’s motto "Usque Ad Arras" was adopted as the chapter's motto which translates to "Unto The Altar" or as an infantry colloquialism "Unto the last Ditch". This motto has been used by the Chapter for the last 100 years. The expression alludes to the military sense of the "last ditch" effort meaning the last line of defense or a fight to the end.
Four months later and with $400.00 less in the treasury, the Chapter presented the Regiment with their stand of Colours; The Kings Colour and The Regimental Colours
The King's Colour [or Queen's Colour] usually has the design of the Union (Jack) Flag with a gold circle in the centre, within which the regiment's name (and sometimes initials or number) are inscribed.
A Regimental Colour, usually a plain flag in the colour of the regiment's 'facings' (traditionally the colour of the lining of the redcoat jacket) or the Cross of St George, with the regiment's insignia in the centre.
Another of the Chapter's first projects was to make sure that every soldier that left from Chatham during WWI was sent with a full "equipment kit". The kit included, a cholera belt (an article which was a waistband or cummerbund made of flannel or silk, and was supposed to keep away the cold and damp. It was believed at the time that a chilled abdomen would lead to cholera , dysentery, diarrhea, and other gastrointestinal ailments. A coat, socks, handkerchief, gum, chewing and smoking tobacco, foot care kit and an emergency kit completed the package. At Christmas, the families of local soldiers received a Christmas tree along with a meal and entertainment at the armoury.
IODE Kent Regiment Chapter 100th Anniversary Project: Gathering Our Heroes
In 1917 The Books of Remembrance were created as a Kent Regiment Chapter IODE project. Members canvassed the community to obtain information on our service men and women that had served during WWl and repeated the process after WWII. Thirteen beautiful Books of Remembrance were created. They are currently housed in the Chatham Kent Museum.
It was decided by the chapter to have these entries from the books digitalitized and be made available and easliy accessible to everyone by means of the internet. Through the fundraising efforts and input of our current members this project became a reality. Thus the Gathering Our Heroes website was created. The site also provides an submission form for people that were missed in the original collection of names.
To be included in our database of Gathering Our Heroes website the veteran must have been either:
The Gathering Our Heroes Website Receives Award
The Gathering Our Heroes team were happy to receive an award from the University of Windsor for their outstanding website. The ceremony was held at Chatham's Cultural Centre on Friday, May 29, 2015.
Antique Show & Sale plus
Chatham Banquet & Conference Centre
280 Merritt Avenue, CHATHAM, ON
(formerly CAW Hall)
Our major fundraiser is an antique show and sale.It attracts dealers from all over Ontario and is well attended. This year we are adding a new fundraiser - The Ford 4UR Community Program that will run along side the Antique Show and Sale . For every person with a valid drivers license who test drives a ford (one person per residence) Ford will donate $20.00 to our Gathering Our Heroes Project.
Photos courtesy of Mr. Les McCracken. Please click on the image for expanded view