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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 4,512 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


Ian



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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 L&AC archives, the demographic breakdown provides an amazing and interesting insight into the social backgrounds of the men of the regiment.




Latest News: 2nd January, 2017


The Demographics page has been updated again, following the loss of one name on the In Memoriam pages, who was found not to have served with the 4th CMR after all. The number who served in the regiment stands at 4,512. This small change, plus several further records being "back filled" with data just available, has meant changes to stats throughout the page.


However, this update has allowed me to add another major section to the page, the number of feeder units who made up the 4th CMR. A total of 158 separate units provided men for the regiment through divisional & regimental consolidations and through reserve battalion drafts, when numbers needed to be replenished. Many thanks to George Auer for the suggestion for this new section.


30th December, 2016


George Auer's ongoing 147th (Grey) Battalion research has provided a biography for Pte. Dennis Confrey, who was transferred to the 4th CMR in March 1917. Wounded twice thereafter, Dennis survived the war. Thanks go to George for the biography.


29th December, 2016


4th CMR researcher, Mike Kavanagh, has submitted a biography for Lt. Guy Dingle, a former 156th Battalion man, by way of the 147th (Grey) Battalion, who was transferred to the 4th CMR in May 1917. Two months later Guy was accidentally wounded when an unexploded shell he had picked up went off in his hand. Though not as ultimately devastating as the Pte. Clarence McCabe event, which was brought to our attention by Brian Joyce, it is uncannily similar. Many thanks go to Mike for the work on the Guy Dingle biography.


27th December, 2016


A further round of demographic work has been undertaken in recent weeks, culmintaing in today's update on the Demographics page.


Some 58 records were found that were not available back in the early summer, so this data has now been added to the demographic breakdowns. A little over 60 records relating to 4th CMR men remain to be digitized. The demographics page will be further updated when this data becomes available. In the meantime, for those having used the figures since they were first posted on the site, note that the 58 new records have had a knock-on effect to the statistics and graphs; all of which have been updated today.


As a reminder, if you wish to use the data presented on the demographic page, please do credit or cite www.4cmr.com as the source, as I cite the L&AC archives and the 4th CMR Regimental History (S. G. Bennett, 1926) as the sources for my original database.


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Last updated: 13th January, 2017