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 4,512 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


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Demographic breakdown: this page provides a demographic insight into the real lives of the regiment's full numbers (4,512). 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 in 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: 5th March, 2017

Kevin Breyne joins the 4cmr.com fold today, representing Pte. Matthew Rae, a Scottish ex-pat who signed up as one of the 4th CMR "originals". Matthew was wounded in the 'Battle for Mount Sorrel' on June 2nd, 1916, taken as a POW, and sadly passed away in Kortrijk, Belgium, where Kevin lives, in March 1917. Welcome Kevin.

A link has been provided to "The Matthew Rae Story", a blogspot provided by the Markham Public Library. A personal biography will be submitted in due course.

3rd March, 2017

The Demographics page has been updated in a series of ongoing changes. Two additional tables have been added in 'The reality of war' section, towards the bottom of the page. One details the woundings and losses of 4th CMR troops by year, and the other breaks down, by year, those men of the regiment taken as POWs.

17th February, 2017

A warm welcome is extended to Roger Lane, who represents his grandfather, Pte. Albert George Lane; a former 6th CMR man who was transferred into the 4th CMR in Janaury 1916, then subsequenly taken as a P.O.W. in June 2nd, 1916's 'Battle for Mount Sorrel'. Albert was repatriated in late December 1918.

Also receiving a welcome is Liz Tobin, who represents Lt. Guy Rutter, one of the originals of the 4th CMR. He was also caught up in the 'Battle for Mount Sorrel', on June 2nd, 1916. Though intitially presumed dead he did survive but was struck off strength on June 12th.

11th February, 2017

A revised biography for Lt. Vernon Dowling has been added to the 'D' In Memoriam page, as updated by Phil Dowling and Rick Munroe, with their acknowledged thanks to Kevin Dowling.

This is an exquisite and detailed piece of work by these gentlemen. Take note. This is how it is done!.

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