Site last updated: 21st February 2021   

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This website 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 4,521 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 pages


Demographic breakdown: this page provides a demographic insight into the real lives of the Regiment's full numbers (4,521). 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 and 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 interesting insight into the social backgrounds of the men of the Regiment.


The Demographics page was last updated on 18th February 2021.







Medals awarded to men of the 4th CMR: between 1914 and 1919 some 217 medals (204 medals plus 13 Bars) were awarded to 190 men who had served with the 4th CMR at some point in the war.


This page shares the stories of many of these men, from a 15 year old who had lied about his age at sign up and had, by the age of 17, been awarded a Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM), to the 4th CMR's only Victoria Cross in action (another was awarded to a 4th CMR man who received it for actions with the unit he was subsequently transferred to).



Research is ongoing in this section, and was last updated on 7th January 2021.



Featured books


With the latest book just out in October 2020, written by Canadian author, Darrell Duthie, the four book WW1 fiction series takes us on an intriguing and wholly captivating journey, following Canadian Intelligence Officer Captain Malcolm MacPhail's service through the First World War.


A smooth blending of historical fact with engaging fiction gives us a first-hand experience of the trials, tribulations, losses and victories of trench warfare in WW1, all through the eyes of Malcolm MacPhail. Strong characters, engaging action and sound story lines put us into the thick of the Canadian Expeditionary Force's action in the mid to final stages of the war. Darrell does a fantastic job of maintaining the pace and tension of action at the Front at that time, leaving us feeling we'd actually been there ourselves!


The extent of the research is breathtaking, as is evident in the locations, the command hierarchy and the detail of the actions described, made all the more captivating by the brief appearances of the 4th CMR in each of the novels. If you enjoy WW1 fiction, these books are for you, and would also make excellent gifts for somebody you know who is interested in the First World War.


For further details on each of these books (including a Kindle format), and where to purchase them, please do read on in the Links > Bibliography page on this website.

Latest News: 21st February, 2021


A warm welcome is extended to Darren Prickett, who represents 401659, Pte. Alexander Oliver. Formerly of the 33rd Battalion, Alexander was one of the 4th CMR's 350 men taken POW during the conclusion of the opening morning of the 'Battle for Mount Sorrel', on June 2nd, 1916. Though held for nearly two and a half years, Alexander subsequently escaped in early November 1918.


19th February, 2021


A special warm welcome is extended to Deirdre Codd, who represents her great uncle 838741 Pte. John Hatton, a former 147th Battalion man, who was transferred to the 4th CMR in February 1917. Though victim of a gas shelling near Vimy Ridge in September 1917, John survived the war.


1st February, 2021


A warm welcome is extended to Andrew Innes, who represents his great grandfather, Lt. Leroy Carle Innes. Originally attesting into Lord Strathcona's Light Horse, Leroy was transferred to the 4th CMR at the end of November 1916, though was amongst eight men wounded in two separate rifle grenade accidents on the same day, 14th March 1917, during training exercises. Leroy was wounded in both legs and his injuries were sufficient to end his service. He was struck off strength in mid-December 1917.


28th January, 2021


An extended family welcome is given to Laraine (née Jackson) Sleigh and the members of the Jackson family representing 835729 Pte. Rufus Jackson. Originally of the 146th (Frontenac) Battalion, Rufus was transferred to the 4th CMR in December 1916, though sadly was lost in the Battle of Vimy Ridge in April 1917.


23rd January, 2021


A warm welcome is extended to Neville Russell, who represents his grandfather, 475137, Sgt. Frank Lyons, DCM. Originally of the 90th (Winnipeg Rifles) Battalion, Frank was transferred to the 4th CMR in March 1916. He was awarded a Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) in 1918 for actions likely to have occurred in 1917. Click Here to see the citation associated with this award. Frank survived the war.


Also welcomed is Richard Faulkner, who represents his great uncle, 1030075, Pte. Leonard Haywood. Originally attesting into the 236th Overseas Battalion (The New Brunswick Kilties - Sir Sam's Own), Len was transferred, via the 177th and then 3rd Reserve Battalion, to the 4th CMR in February 1918. He survived the war.


Welcome both. You bring the total number of 4th CMR men represented to 742 (16.4% of the regiment). Thank you.


20th January, 2021


A 4CMR welcome is extended to Murray Christenson, who represents his grandfather, 109642, Pte. Alfred Thompson and his great uncle, 109506, Pte. Wilfred Marrison, both of whom signed on in late 1914 as 4CMR originals, and both of whom were amongst the 350 taken POW on 2nd June 1916, in the 'Battle for Mount Sorrel'. Alfred was repatriated in late November 1918, whilst Wilfred followed a week later, in early December.


15th January, 2021


A warm welcome is extended to Loris Valvona, who represents former 209th Battalion man, 252985, Pte. George William Woodward. Signing up in May 1916, George was transferred to the 4th CMR in August 1918. He saw the war out without noted incident, though did contract influenza a week after the Armistice was actioned. Thankfully he fully recovered.


Any family member of George Woodward is invited to contact the website (see Contact) accordingly.


17th December, 2020


It is a pleasure to welcome Geoff Clarke, who steps up to represent Cpl. Robert Qua, a former 180th Battalion man, who was transferred to the 4th CMR in February 1918. Robert, having survived a gassing in August 1918, was transferred to the 1st C.O.R.D., where he subsequently became a Lieutenant. Geoff also represents Sgt. Charles Bittle, formerly an 83rd (Reserve) Battalion man, who was transferred to the 4th CMR in January 1917 but was sadly lost just weeks later. Welcome Geoff.


9th December, 2020


A warm welcome is extended to Wayne & Karen Douglas, who represent Pte. Robert Richardson, a former 146th Battalion man who, via the 95th Battalion, was transferred to the 4th CMR on October 27th 1916. Though receiving a severe hand wound in December 1916 that precluded his return to active service, Robert was struck off strength with the 4th CMR on December 31st 1917, therein surviving the war.


25th November, 2020


A new page, Panels 30 and 32, has been added to the site, listing all 4th CMR men who appear on the Menin Gate Memomorial in Ieper, Belgium. Those from all of the Canadian Mounted Rifles regiments (the 1st, 2nd, 4th & 5th CMRs), who were lost without trace in defence of the town, were listed together on wall panals 30 and 32 of the Memorial, without regimental differentiation. Of the 710 men listed, this project identified all 236 men of the 4th CMR on 16 of the stone tablets across panels 30 and 32, listed them alphabetically, linked their biographies (where they had been submitted and posted on this website) and also linked them to my own (large) images of the stone tablets on which the given man's name appeared.


If any errors were made, they are entirely mine, however, I was able to identify one entry on Panel 32, where the family name had been mispelled. I have notified the Commonweath War Graves Commission accordingly. It is hoped that I can roll this project out further to include the Memorials at Vimy and Thiepval, in time.


26th October, 2020


A warm welcome is extended to Stuart Patton, who represents great uncle 1066070, Pte. George Smith, originally a 248th Battalion man. Coming to the 4th CMR via the 8th Reserve Battalion in November 1917, George survived the war.


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