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 December 28th, 2017.

Latest News: 17th January, 2018

A warm welcome is extended to Ian Murray, who represents his father, Pte. Douglas Murray. As an "original", Douglas saw all the actions the regiment was involved in throughout the bitter conflict. Thankfully, he survived the war.

14th January, 2018

Welcome, Rick Neville, who represents his great uncle, Pte. Henry "Hank" Hargreaves Neville. Originally a 33rd Battalion man, Hank found himself transferred to the 4th CMR in May 1916. Having survived the regiment's darkest day a few weeks later, in the Battle for Mount Sorrel, the 4th CMR had just moved into Mouquet Farm, located in the brickfields north of the town of Albert, France, on September 11th, 1916, when they were subjected to a gas shell attack. Alas, Hank died the following day. Sadly his body was not recovered after the attack and he is remembered today on the Vimy Memorial.

14th December, 2017

A warm welcome is extended to Wayne Andrew, representing his grandfather, Pte. John Keam, who, though wounded on June 2nd, 1916, in the 4CMR's darkest day at the opening of the Battle for Mount Sorrel, survived the war. Welcome Wayne.

5th December, 2017

A 4cmr.com welcome to Bob Wilson, joining those remembering his great uncle, Pte. Allan Dunoon.

3rd December, 2017

A warm welcome to Edward Gardiner, who represents his father, 3108144, Pte. Louis Gardiner, who, originally as a 19th Battalion man, was transferred to the 4th CMR in September, 1918. He received a gunshot wound to the arm less than two weeks later, which took him out of the war.

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. 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 was made available from November 14th, 2017.

Welcome Darrell.

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