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4cmr.com is a place of remembrance dedicated to all who served with the 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles in the First World War.


Being a respectful and honouring point of focus for those having relatives or research subjects who served at any time with the 4th CMR, the website has grown out of discovering that my great-grandfather's brother, Cpl. Frank Forsdike, served and died with the regiment. As such, I do invite you to click on About to read the amazing story behind the incredible events that eventually led to Frank's previously unclaimed medals being presented to his daughter, 92 years after Frank's loss.


Pivotal to this website are the In Memoriam pages. There you will find the names of all of the men currently known to have served with the regiment - some 4,513 in all - and the opportunity to remember and represent these men today, whether you are a relative, a researcher or just feel the need to step up in an act of remembrance. Please do make Contact and together let us honour their memories by adding our names to symbolically stand alongside theirs in remembrance and thanks for their service.


It is my hope to provide some tangible link to the men, the places and the Memorials associated with the regiment. So, please, explore and enjoy the site (no costs are involved anywhere on this site), feel free to contribute, and do check the 'Latest News' panel at the bottom of this page and the News page for updates, as this website is most certainly a work-in-progress project.


Through this website let us come together and say that whilst they are gone, they are not forgotten. I feel very strongly about that.


With our common bond I do look forward to hearing from you soon, as together "We will remember them".


Best wishes


Ian



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Demographic breakdown: this page provides a demographic insight into the real lives of the regiment's full numbers (4,513). Data includes age at attestation, where attested, occupation, religion, place of birth / nationality of origin, prior military experience and height statistics. Also included are overviews of the most common first name, hair colour, eye colour. Other interesting facts are included, which will tell us how many pairs of brothers, and twins, signed up, marital status, and the youngest and oldest to sign up.


The culmination of several years of detailed research, using the regimental nominal roll coupled with the L&AC archives, the demographic breakdown provides an amazing and interesting insight into the social backgrounds of the men of the regiment.




Latest News: 13th September, 2016


Thanks are extended to Cpl. William Right, GGHG, for representing brothers 177770 Pte. Ross McKenzie and 835371 L/Cpl. William McKenzie. Both born in Palmerston, Ontario, and living in Lantana when they signed up, Ross, a spinner by trade and the younger of the two, attested first, into the 146th Battalion in Montreal in November 1915. William, four years older and a farmer by trade, also attested into the 146th Battalion, in Kingston, in January 1916. Both men were subsequently transferred to the 4th CMR in December 1916. Sadly, William was lost in the action against Passchendaele, in October 1917. Ross survived the war.


The addition of these two men to the 'M' In Memoriam page brings the number of 4th CMR men represented, by relatives and researches today, to 600. That's 13% of the regiment with somebody actively standing alongside them and honouring their memory. We will remember them. Thank you all.


24th August, 2016


A warm welcome is extended to Wayne Warnica, grandson of and representing Capt. Roy Washington Warnica, who originally attested into the 119th (Algoma) Battalion.


Roy was only one of two men transferred to the 4th CMR from the 119th BN. He served with the 4th CMR from mid-February 1918 to the close of the war. Roy was awarded the Croix de Guerre. Wanye stands proudly alongside his grandfather on the 'W' In Memoriam page.


15th August, 2016


4th CMR researcher, Mike Kavanagh, has submitted short biographies to accompany seven headstone images supplied by 4cmr.com. These came from research done during the June 2016 commemoration trip to Ieper for the 100th anniversary of the June 2nd, 1916, 'Battle for Mount Sorrel', in which 176 men of the 4th CMR were lost.


The headstone images come from the Perth Cemetery (China Wall), Tyne Cot Cemetery and Ypres Reservoir Cemetery, all in the vicinity of Ieper.


For a list of the biographies added, please see the News page.


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