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


Featured page

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.

The Demographics page was last updated June 25th, 2018.

Featured book

Malcolm MacPhail's Great War is a novel set on the Western Front in 1917 and 1918. Written by Canadian, Darrell Duthie, and published in November 2017, it is featured here as, in its latter stages, the 4th CMR make an appearance, as do two of its Captains: Beecher Poyser MC and Thomas Dixon MM MC. The book is available at both Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.

I highly recommend this book, as it does put you into the thick of the CEF action in the mid to late stages of the war. Darrell does a fantastic job of maintaining the pace and tension of actions at the front at that time, ably portraying the life of fictitious intelligence officer, Malcolm MacPhail, in the Great War. The extent of the research is breathtaking, as is evident in the locations, the command hierarchy and the detail of the actions described. If you enjoy WW1 fiction, this book is for you, and it would be an excellent gift for somebody you know who is interested in the First World War.

For a fuller description of this book, please see the Amazon listings for it, or the Links > Bibliography page on this website.

Latest News: 25th June, 2018

Many thanks to Richard and Pete Lower, for representing their great grandfather, 835679 Pte. William Jones Lower, and grandfather, 835720 Pte. William Jabez Lower, who signed up as father and son. Originally attesting into the 146th (Frontenac) Battalion, they were transferred to the 4th CMR in early November 1916. Both survived the war without further notable incident. This representation confirms a 5th father and son combination serving with the 4th CMR.

Also thanks go to Eleanor May, representing her grandfather, 838204, Pte. William Warrington. Originally a 147th (Grey) Battalion man, William was transferred to the 4th CMR in March 1917. He survived the war.

29th May, 2018

A warm welcome is extended to Allan McAllister, who represents his great uncle, 171280, Pte. Frederick Bennett. Originally an 83rd Battalion man, Frederick was transferred to the 4th CMR in late July 1916, but was subsequently lost on October 1st, 1916, in the costly attack on Regina Trench.

Kent Gowland steps up today to represent his grandfather, 3039728, Pte. George Henry Gowland, who, originally as a 1st Battalion, 1st Central Ontario Regiment man, was drafted into the CEF under the Military Service Act 1917, in May 1918. Following training he was moved to Europe, where he was transferred from the 3rd Reserve Battalion into the 4th CMR in October 1918. He was able to join them in the field in mid-November 1918, just days after the Armistice was settled. Welcome, Kent.

17th April, 2018

A warm welcome is extended to Matthew Scarlino, representing principally former Toronto police officers (though other police forces are represented) who joined the CEF when the call came: 172439 Pte. Edward Burnell, 171254 Sgt. Mosley Chapman, 172406 Sgt. James Davison MM, 491194 Pte. Frederick Hogg, 3034877 Pte. Felix Johnson, 1003427 RSM. Clement Jordon, 766430 Lt. John Lowrie, 157506 A.Sgt Henry Mackie, 171255 Cpl. William McCullagh, 649407 Sgt. John McGregor, 109527 Pte. Thomas Newcombe, 109651 RSM Frederick Tucker and 916965 Sgt. Philip Walter.

This brings the total number of men represented to 661 (14.6%) of the 4,514 who served with the regiment. Thank you, Matthew.

7th March, 2018

Further to Paula Pocock representing 113055 Pte. Leonard Allen back last summer, and following an unavoidable delay at this end, I have now been able to add Leonard's biography. Many thanks Paula.

4th March, 2018

Welcome to Dave Mitchell, who represents 109491 CSM James Buchanan Mitchell DCM, who was born in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, and attested as a 4th CMR original in Toronto in May 1915. Though wounded in September 1916, and awarded the DCM (Distinguished Conduct Medal) for action near Folies (S.E. of Amiens, France) in August 1918, James survived the war.

25th February, 2018

A warm welcome is extended to Nancy Collins, who represents her father, 649266, L/Cpl. Louis Pilkington. Originally a 159th Battalion man, Louis was transferred, along with 104 fellow 159th men, to the 4th CMR in March and April of 1917. He was wounded twice whilst in service with the 4th CMR, but survived the war. Welcome Nancy.

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