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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






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.



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: 23rd January, 2018


A warm welcome is extended to Ian Murray, who represents his father, Pte. Douglas Murray, and Douglas's older brother, Pte. William Geo. Murray. As an "original", Douglas Murray saw all the actions the regiment was involved in throughout the bitter conflict. William, also an original, was taken POW in June 2nd 1916's Battle for Mount Sorrel, being one of 350 men taken than morning. He was repatriated in March 1918. Thankfully, both men ultimately 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.


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