Site last updated: 2nd December 2020   

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This website 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 4,521 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






Featured pages


Demographic breakdown: this page provides a demographic insight into the real lives of the Regiment's full numbers (4,521). 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 and 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 interesting insight into the social backgrounds of the men of the Regiment.


The Demographics page was last updated on 27th November 2020.







Medals awarded to men of the 4th CMR: between 1914 and 1919 some 216 medals (203 medals plus 13 Bars) were awarded to 189 men who had served with the 4th CMR at some point in the war.


This page shares the stories of many of these men, from a 15 year old who had lied about his age at sign up and had, by the age of 17, been awarded a Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM), to the 4th CMR's only Victoria Cross in action (another was awarded to a 4th CMR man who received it for actions with the unit he was subsequently transferred to).


Research is ongoing in this section, and was last updated on 1st December 2020.




Featured books


With the latest book just out in October 2020, written by Canadian author, Darrell Duthie, the four book WW1 fiction series takes us on an intriguing and wholly captivating journey, following Canadian Intelligence Officer Captain Malcolm MacPhail's service through the First World War.


A smooth blending of historical fact with engaging fiction gives us a first-hand experience of the trials, tribulations, losses and victories of trench warfare in WW1, all through the eyes of Malcolm MacPhail. Strong characters, engaging action and sound story lines put us into the thick of the Canadian Expeditionary Force's action in the mid to final stages of the war. Darrell does a fantastic job of maintaining the pace and tension of action at the Front at that time, leaving us feeling we'd actually been there ourselves!


The extent of the research is breathtaking, as is evident in the locations, the command hierarchy and the detail of the actions described, made all the more captivating by the brief appearances of the 4th CMR in each of the novels. If you enjoy WW1 fiction, these books are for you, and would also make excellent gifts for somebody you know who is interested in the First World War.


For further details on each of these books (including a Kindle format), and where to purchase them, please do read on in the Links > Bibliography page on this website.

Latest News: 25th November, 2020


A new page, Panels 30 and 32, has been added to the site, listing all 4th CMR men who appear on the Menin Gate Memomorial in Ieper, Belgium. Those from all of the Canadian Mounted Rifles regiments (the 1st, 2nd, 4th & 5th CMRs), who were lost without trace in defence of the town, were listed together on wall panals 30 and 32 of the Memorial, without regimental differentiation. Of the 710 men listed, this project identified all 236 men of the 4th CMR on 16 of the stone tablets across panels 30 and 32, listed them alphabetically, linked their biographies (where they had been submitted and posted on this website) and also linked them to my own (large) images of the stone tablets on which the given man's name appeared.


If any errors were made, they are entirely mine, however, I was able to identify one entry on Panel 32, where the family name had been mispelled. I have notified the Commonweath War Graves Commission accordingly. It is hoped that I can roll this project out further to include the Memorials at Vimy and Thiepval, in time.


26th October, 2020


A warm welcome is extended to Stuart Patton, who represents great uncle 1066070, Pte. George Smith, originally a 248th Battalion man. Coming to the 4th CMR via the 8th Reserve Battalion in November 1917, George survived the war.


3rd September, 2020


Thank you to Garry Farmer for providing an extensive and well sourced biography for James Hibbert Hicks, a former 81st BN man who was transferred to the 4th CMR on 6th June 1916, after the huge losses the 4th CMR suffered on June 2nd in the 'Battle for Mount Sorrel'. Sadly James was lost at Courcelette in the following September.


1st September, 2020


Further cross-checking of the Nominal Roll and the demographics database, in combination with the full service records, has revealed five men not included in the original database used on this website. As such the regiment's numbers have now been revised, up from 4,516 to 4,521. This impacted the Demographics statistics, and that page has been updated accordingly. Further database proofing is being undertaken and it is highly likely that further missed members of the regiment will be found as this progresses.


31st August, 2020


Sincere thanks are extended to Pete Maxfield, who manages sister CMR website 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles, for bringing back into the fold two 4th CMR soldiers who had been missed off of the 4th's Nominal Roll. Namely 213438 Pte. George Bertrand and 401627 Sgt. Charles Dare Windsor, MM.


Their inclusion swells the known numbers to have served in the 4th CMR from 4,514 to 4,516. These weren't the first to have been missed and subsequently found and they won't be the last, I'm sure. Thank you for your valued work in finding and representing these men, Pete. Very much appreciated.


Pete additionally stands alongside: 109248 Capt. Leslie Bernard Bumstead, MC + Bar, 805404 Lt. William George Butson, Major Harry Duncan Lockhart Duncan, DSO, Lt. Merrill Whedon MacDowell, MC, Capt. Leslie Gordon Mills and Capt. Morris Allaire Scovil.


As an interesting side note, it is believed that all three of the current CMR websites (1st CMR, 2nd CMR & 4th CMR) are run by Brits in the UK.


It is no small project by any means and you are invited to visit their website to see the great work they have done thus far. Thanks to the Study Group for representing these seven 4th CMR men.


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