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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 4,514 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 (4,514). 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 material digitised in the Library & Archives Canada databases, the demographic breakdown provides an amazing and interesting insight into the social backgrounds of the men of the regiment. As it is a work in progress, details on the frequent updates are listed at the bottom of the demographics page, so do refer to that when revisiting the page.




Latest News: 13th November, 2017


I welcome brothers Bill and David Iles, who represent their grandfather, 928891, Pte. Neil Orr Douglas Iles. Originally a 216th Battalion man, Neil was transferred to the 4th CMR in February 1918 and though he was wounded near Amiens in August 1918, thankfully he survived the war.


6th November, 2017


It was great to hear from Darrell Duthie over this weekend. Darrell represents Capt. Beecher Doran Poyser MC, who, originally a 228th Battalion man, was transferred into the 4th CMR and saw action in Passchendaele. Whilst he was subsequently later wounded at Kemmel Hill, in the Ypres Salient, Beecher survived the war. Darrel has written a Great War novel, Malcolm MacPhail's Great War, which features the 4th CMR and sees 4th CMR Captains Beecher Poyser MC and Thomas Dixon MM MC appear in the narrative. The book is available at both Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk, and is due out this November 14th.


Welcome Darrell.


27th October, 2017


A warm welcome is extended to Karen Girling, representing her grandfather, 109334, Sgt. Murray Harle Featherstonhaugh, who survived the war. A biography will follow in due course.


7th September, 2017


David Thwaites joins the fold, representing two Robert Thwaites: 648891, Pte. Robert Thwaites, a former 159th Battalion man, originally from Hastings County, Ontario, and 171542, Sgt. Robert Edward Thwaites, a former 83rd Battalion man, from the County of Kent, England, who David is related to. Also represented is 648539, Pte. Stanley Logan, Pte. Robert Thwaites' brother-in-law. Stanley was also an 159th Battalion man, and joined up with Robert Thwaites in New Liskeard, Ontario.


Although he was wounded in August 1918, Private Robert Thwaites saw out the war, as did Sergeant Robert E. Thwaites. Pte. Stanley Logan, wounded in November 1917, survived the war, too. Biographies will follow shortly. Many thanks David, and welcome.


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Last updated: November 13th, 2017