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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: 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, though 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!.


30th January, 2017


A warm welcome is extended to Bob Lomax, representing his grandfather, 916251 Pte. Robert Lomax. Attesting orginally into the 198th (Canadian Buffs) Battalion with his brother, 916491 Pte. John "Jack" Lomax, the pair, who were transferred to the 4th CMR in March 1918, saw the war out without further notable incident and were struck off strength in March 1919.


23rd January, 2017


In a focus on men of the 4th CMR from Grey County, Ontario, George Auer has provided biographies for Pte. William Ira Fulford, who was one of the regiment's earlier losses, and brothers Capt. Leslie Bumstead MC and RSM Reginald Bumpstead MSM, the former being wounded twice and the latter being taken POW. All three survived the war. Many thanks to George for these biographies.


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.


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