|Black Watch Association - Toronto|
About the Branch
The Toronto Association was actually formed by World War One members from the imperial side of our family in 1921. In 1935 the Association opened a club on Wellington Street and the Saturday and Wednesday night dances were very popular. The Saturday night dances continued until the close of the clubrooms.
The first Red Hackle Dinner was held on January 12, 1928 in the King Edward Hotel. With our move to York street as described below, the Dinner moved to the Royal York Hotel and remained there until 1987 when we moved the venue to the 48th Highlanders Sergeants' and Warrant Officers' Mess in Moss Park Armouries.
Until the 40's, all Regimental members were from the Imperial Black Watch. The first "Canadians" (to which the new Regimental members were referred) did not arrive until the Second World War. From Wellington, we moved to York Street across form the Union Station in 1969 and had at our peak 550 members (mostly associate) possibly attracted by the delta in beer and liquor prices between ourselves and the Royal York Hotel directly opposite. However, all members knew the meaning of Regiment and family; for it was in those days we would have as many as 200 members on the annual November 10th evening Remembrance Day Parades.
Alas, the building on York Street was put up for sale in 1982 and although we had a large general membership, the managers of the Club had to be Black Watch Regimental personnel. This group was getting few in number, so the decision was made to close clubroom operations. However, we did go out in a blaze of glory in that on February 22, 1982 (the day after our last meeting), the electrical vault under the street outside blew up and the building went on fire. It has subsequently been demolished.
Since the loss of the formal clubrooms, we have been meeting in the Naval Club and in the Sergeants' and Warrant Officers' Mess of the 48th Highlanders of Canada.
The current branch executive is as follows:
Immediate Past President: William "Bill" Davis
Directors: Kevin Brackley, Bill Carlisle, Marilyn Lawson Dickinson, Ray Joseph, John P. Oss, Douglas Roberts, Brian Rogerson, Linda Rogerson
Active Service Fund:
Thank you for those who have supported this fund in support of our soldiers on active operations.
At this point in time, all troops are back in Canada and this fund is being deactivated for the present.
87th Annual Red Hackle Dinner – January 10, 2015
Where: York Banquet and Event Centre, 1100 Millwood Road, Toronto
Time: 6:30PM Reception; 7:30PM Dinner
Keynote Speaker: Major (ret) Michael Boire, CD, BA, MA
Subject: The Battle of St Julien – the Canadian Expeditionary Force’s introduction to the Somme of 1915
Cost: $70 per person.
In addition to the usual friendly atmosphere, the meeting of old friends and new, the Address to the Haggis; we are pleased to present for your pleasure a verbal walk through the first battle of the First World War involving Canada’s Volunteer Army. A battle that not only was Canada’s introduction to the Somme but the world’s launch into chemical warfare.
Our Speaker comes well equipped to speak on this subject not only because of his background and present position as Assistant Professor of History at Royal Military College, Kingston but also with personal experience on the battlefield having served in many of the world’s hot spots through his 42 year career in the CAF.
You will have your choice of a roast beef, chicken or vegetarian entrée.
Tickets can also be ordered online by going to THIS LINK.
Seating this year will be limited to a maximum of 200 people. So buy your tickets early so as not to be disappointed.
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