The Essex and Kent Scottish

key appointments


Colonel-in-Chief Prince Michael of Kent

Prince Michael of Kent has been our Colonel-in-Chief since 14 November 2001. He visited his Regiment in Canada in March 2002, October 2007 and June 2009. Prince Michael is a member of the Royal Family and a cousin to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh. His appointment follows that of his father HRH Prince George, Duke of Kent (1937-1942) and his mother HRH Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent (1942-1968).

Visit Colonel-in-Chief Prince Michael of Kent online.


Honorary Colonel Hardy Wheeler

Honorary Colonel Wheeler enrolled in the Canadian Army in September 1964 and completed infantry training with The Royal Canadian Regiment (The RCR). He was commissioned in 1966. He held command and staff positions with 1st, 2nd and 3rd battalions of The RCR and The Canadian Airborne Regiment plus extra-regimental employment with Mobile Command Headquarters and the Combat Training Centre. He commanded an airborne company in 2 AB Commando and a mechanized rifle company in 2 RCR. He served overseas with the United Nations in Cyprus and two tours of NATO duty in Germany. In 1984, he attended the one-year Canadian Forces Command and Staff College in Toronto, a tri-service prerequisite for promotion to higher rank in the Regular Force. On graduation he joined the faculty of the College.

In 1989, he was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel and appointed Commanding Officer of The Essex and Kent Scottish for three years. Subsequently, he was Commanding Officer of the Ontario Recruiting Zone responsible for the 11 recruiting centres and detachments in Ontario. In 1994, he retired from the Regular Army having served Canada for over 30 years.

For the next seven years Colonel Wheeler held management positions in Windsor with the Canadian Red Cross and the small business lobby group, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. Colonel Wheeler has been a Rotarian with the Windsor-St. Clair Rotary Club since 1990.

He was instrumental to the formation of The Essex and Kent Scottish Regiment Association in 1993 and served as its President for six years. He has been a Director with the regimental charity, The Scottish Borderers Foundation since 1999. He was project manager and editor of the history of The Essex and Kent Scottish Regiment, Duty Nobly Done, published in 2006. In 2009, he was appointed Honorary Colonel of the E&K Scot.

He is married with two adult children and four grandchildren.



HLCol Woodall has spent his entire 48 year career in the building industry including the heavy construction, industrial, commercial, institutional and residential projects. He has worked in various roles throughout his career including estimator, quantity surveyor, engineer, administrator, project coordinator, company COO and CEO and is currently majority owner of his third generation general contracting firm - Woodall Construction Co. Limited in Windsor.

His education includes a Civil Engineering degree from the University of Windsor as well as specialized post-graduate studies in concrete and accounting. He is a member of the Engineering Institute of Canada, the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario and the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers.

HLCol Woodall is also the current Officer Commanding of Delta Company - the civilian support arm of The Essex and Kent Scottish. He has assisted in the creation of the two Dieppe Memorials, the annual "Trot with the Troops" family fun run, the Delta Company "HIRE" program and is a supporter of local activities to recognize veterans.

He currently resides in Windsor, Ontario with his wife Melanie and is a father of three and grandfather to four.



Major Douglas was born in Fergus, Ontario. He joined the Canadian Forces under the Officer Candidate Training Plan in 1976 and was commissioned in 1977. His subsequent postings were to 3PPCLI in Esquimalt, B.C.; as an instructor at the Infantry School in Gagetown, N.B.; Anti-Armour Platoon Commander with 2PPCLI in Germany; and Staff Officer to the Director General Military Plans and Operations at NDHQ in Ottawa.

Promoted to Major in 1988, he returned to 3PPCLI as a Rifle and Support Company Commander, followed by a staff position with MARPAC Regional HQ in Esquimalt. In January 1991, Maj Douglas attended the Division II Technical Staff Course at the Royal Military College of Science and Technology at Cranfield University in Shrivenham, England in preparation for a posting in 1992 to Director Land Requirements at NDHQ. In 1999, he was posted to 31 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters (31 CBG HQ) in London as the G3, working with the Reserve Force for the first time.

In 2003, Major Douglas was posted to the E&K Scot as the Deputy Commanding Officer. In 2007, after 31 years of service in the Regular Force, Major Douglas conducted a component transfer to the Reserve Force and continued service with the E&K Scot and 31 CBG HQ in London, in various capacities. Major Douglas was appointed as Commanding Officer on 5 August 2014.

In addition to service as part of the 4th Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group in Germany, Major Douglas completed two tours with the United Nations in Cyprus, two tours in the Former Republic of Yugoslavia and one tour in Afghanistan.

Maj Douglas resides in Tecumseh. He and his wife Kim have three children.


Major John Hodgins

Major John Hodgins was born in Regina, Saskatchewan and began his military career through the Regular Officer Training Plan (ROTP) in 1988, attending Royal Roads Military College and The Royal Military College. Upon graduation Major Hodgins was posted to 1st Battalion, Prince Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI), where he served as a platoon commander and assistant adjutant. In 1994, he deployed with his battalion on Op Harmony as part of the United Nations Protection Force in the former Yugoslavia. Upon his return, he was posted to the Canadian Airborne Regiment and served as a platoon commander with 2 Commando.

In July 1995, Major Hodgins was posted to Edmonton, Alberta where he served with the in the 3rd Battalion, PPCLI serving as a platoon commander in a parachute company, and later served as a rifle company second-in-command, Pioneer Platoon Commander, Acting Officer Commanding Combat Support Company, and second-in-command of Administration Company. In 1997 he deployed overseas again with the Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadian) Battle Group on Op Palladium as part of the NATO Stabilization Force in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

In 1999, Major Hodgins was posted to Windsor as the local detachment commander of the Canadian Forces Recruiting Centre. Having set down roots in the community, he completed a component transfer to the primary reserve in 2002. He joined The Essex and Kent Scottish and was appointed Officer Commanding Alpha Company.

In 2010, Major Hodgins was appointed to the position of Deputy Commanding Officer of the unit, and continues to hold this position today.

In his civilian career, Major Hodgins is highly active in the business world. Having achieved a Bachelor of Arts (Commerce and Commercial Economics) at The Royal Military College in 1992, he went on to complete his Masters in Business Administration from The Richard Ivey School of Business (University of Western Ontario) in 2010. Major Hodgins is the Chief Executive Officer of Acrolab Ltd, an advanced thermal engineering and manufacturing company based in Windsor, Ontario.

He is happily married to his wife, Donna Messier-Hodgins, with whom he has three daughters. He enjoys travelling with his family, and is active with a number of charitable organizations in Essex County.


Chief Warrant Officer Cyril Cheng was born in Hong Kong in March 1965. He began his career with The Essex and Kent Scottish in 1982 and has been a proud member of the unit ever since. During this time, he has filled many roles within the unit such as rifleman, Section Commander, Platoon Warrant Officer, Company Sergeant Major, and finally Regimental Sergeant Major. Throughout his time in the military, he has completed numerous qualification courses, including the basic parachutist course; the basic demolition and dud destruction course; the Tactical Combat Casualty Care course; the British military Human Intelligence (HUMINT) Handling course in the UK, and the foreign weapon instructor course at Gunsite in Arizona.

Chief Warrant Officer Cheng has deployed overseas on numerous occasions throughout his career. In his early career, he deployed as a rifleman on Operation Flyover in Germany, and then as a UN peacekeeping soldier on Operation Snowgoose in Cyprus between 1985 and 1986. As a senior non-commissioned officer, he served as a Human Intelligence Operator and Team WO on two separate deployments to Bosnia in 2001 and 2003. Most recently, Chief Warrant Officer Cheng deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan, as a team leader for an Operational Mentoring Liaison Team (OMLT) in 2008. In this capacity, he provided tactical mentorship to an infantry company of the Afghan National Army.

In his civilian career, Chief Warrant Officer Cheng is a Customs Officer with the Canada Border Services Agency. In his free time, he enjoys expanding his skill base in order to improve his utility within both his civilian law enforcement and military occupations. Chief Warrant Officer Cheng often dedicates his own time and resources in order to attend and instruct on various tactical courses, both in Canada and in the United States.


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Captain David Mimnagh was born in Kincardine, Ontario in 1982. In 2001, he moved to London, Ontario to attend the University of Western Ontario (now called Western University). He graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science (Physics) and returned in 2008 where he completed a further four years towards a Bachelor of Engineering Science (Mechanical).

In 2002, Captain Mimnagh enrolled in the Canadian Forces Primary Reserve with the 4th Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment (4 RCR). During his 11 years with 4 RCR he held the positions of Finance Officer, Platoon Commander, Rifle Company Second-in-Command, and Adjutant. From 2004 to 2006 he was employed as staff during Reserve Summer Training at the 4th Canadian Division Training Centre (Meaford), both as a Course Officer and Demonstration Platoon Commander. In 2010, Captain Mimnagh was once again a platoon commander during Op CADENCE which provided security for the G8 Summit in Huntsville, Ontario. He has also instructed with the 31 Canadian Brigade Group Battle School on the Infantry Platoon Support Weapons Course, Primary Leadership Qualification, and the Basic Military Officer Qualification.

Captain Mimnagh deployed to Afghanistan in 2012 on Op ATTENTION Roto 1 as the S3 Operations for the Kabul Military Training Centre Training Advisory Group. He recently completed the Primary Reserve Army Operations Course at the Canadian Army Command and Staff College in Kingston. In May of 2013, Captain Mimnagh transferred to The Essex and Kent Scottish and was appointed as Officer Commanding Alpha Company in September 2013.


Major (Retired) Greg Childs.jpg

Born and raised in Chatham, Ontario Major Childs attended the John McGregor Secondary School, joining their Cadet Corps at an early age. On the recommendation of his father, an Essex Scottish WWII veteran, he joined The Essex and Kent Scottish Regiment (E&K Scot). As a Master Warrant Officer, he joined the Regular Army with the rank of Lieutenant for a limited engagement, then transferred back into E&K Scot. Major Childs has held the appointments of Platoon Commander, Company Commander, Regimental Major and Deputy Commanding Officer. For many years he was the CO's representative on the Regimental Association Board of Directors. Major Childs has completed 44 years of service with E&K Scot and retired in August 2010.

After 33 years service, he is a retired Detective from London Police Force as a Forensic Identification expert investigating homicides and other major crimes. He was a bomb-disposal Sergeant for 20 years, instructing frequently at the Canadian Police College. Police Sergeant Childs was the protocol officer for London Police.

He is married with two adult children.

news & updates

New Battle Honour: AFGHANISTAN

On 9 May 2014, it was announced that our Regiment has been bestowed the Theatre Battle Honour, \'Afghanistan\' in recognition of its successful participation in armed conflict in SW Asia between 2002 and 2014. This is the Regiment\'s 41st Battle Honour. Forty-three members of the E&K Scot served in Afghanistan, some for multiple tours. Many other Navy, Army, Air Force and Special Forces units also were bestowed the same honour.

The dates \'2002-2014\' and \'Afghanistan\' were inscribed on the Windsor Cenotaph on 9 May 2014 during the Civic Day of Honour.

Semper Paratus

Posted May 15, 2014


The Regimental Manual (Change 5) linked on this Home Page has been approved by the Senate and is the most up-to-date source for customs, dinners and dress. Since the original version was issued in 2010 there have been major changes and corrections. The latest changes include authorization for pipe banners, invitations to dinners and parades, McAlpine trews, kilt pins are not worn, and Sweater Order DEU 3C.

Comments or suggested changes are welcomed.

Posted March 07, 2014


Our regimental association is always looking for serving, former or friends of the Regiment to assist with the preservation of history and artifacts; educating the community about the military; and supporting soldiers deployed overseas. Fellowship is also offered.

Interested? Annual dues are $15.00 per calendar year. Contact Cathy MacDonald at

Posted March 23, 2013


Historical Research and EK Artifacts - click here to download booklet
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