Site last updated: 14th June 2024   

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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 4,545 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 a biography, 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, which is optimised for PC web browsers, though not yet for mobile devices, 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 (4,545). 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 14th June 2024.






Medals awarded to men of the 4th CMR: between 1914 and 1919 some 223 medals (210 medals plus 13 Bars) were awarded to 195 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 10th June 2024.



Featured books




Written by Canadian author Darrell Duthie, the five book WW1 fiction series takes us on an intriguing and wholly captivating journey, following Canadian Intelligence Officer Captain and latterly Lieutenant 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 it's politics, 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.


More in-depth reviews of each of these books and purchase details (including a Kindle format), can be found on the Links > Bibliography page on this website.

Latest News

10th June 2024


A warm welcome to Peter Butler, representing 853280, Pte. Lancelot Ormond Butler, formerly a 177th Battalion man who was transferred to the 4th CMR in February 1918. Wounded in the push towards Mons in the last of the Final 100 days, "Lance" survived the war.


22nd May 2024


Further research in the reinforcements nominal rolls has discovered a further three men confirmed as serving with the regiment, now bringing the final figure of men serving with the regiment to 4,545. This project is currently around 50% complete, so may yet uncover further members of the regiment. Updates will be posted here should that be the case. A full update to the demographics page will follow once this particular project is completed.


7th May 2024


After carrying out detailed transcription work on the regiment's Nominal Roll log, it was found that 21 members of the regiment had been overlooked in the S. G. Bennett Regimental History nominal roll listing that had been used to create this website's In Memoriam pages - a full A to Z listing of all who were assigned to the 4th CMR between 1914 and 1919. These missing entries have now been added to the relevant In Memoriam pages, bringing the ranks up to 4,542, from 4,521. This project had been waiting in the wings to be done for a number of years, and I am pleased now to present the fullest possible listing of the regiments's members. We will remember them.


1st May 2024


Per his recent contact (Apr. 25th), 2Lt Jimmy Birtwell has submitted biographies for his great grandfather 113092, Pte. Horace Blake and great uncle 113093 Pte Leonard Blake. Thank you, Jimmy.


30th April 2024


A further biography has been submitted by 4th CMR researcher, David Kavanagh, for 407110, Sgt Gordon Emerson Levy, DCM, a 36th BN man transferred to the 4th CMR in January 1916, who, though wounded, survived the 4th's darkest day on 2nd June 1916. After recovery he was transferred to the 3rd Canadian Division's 8th Machine Gun Company, where he was more severely wounded in October 1916's action on the Somme; action for which he was awarded a DCM, Distinguished Conduct Medal. He survived the war.


26th April 2024


4th CMR researcher, David Kavanagh, has submitted a biography for 214321, Pte Charles Christopher Quinn, a 99th BN man who was transferred to the 4th CMR via the 35th BN in 1916. Attached to the British Army's School of Mortars, he served as Batman to a Lt Hastings. Charles was returned to the 4th CMR at the end of the war, unscathed.


25th April 2024


A warm welcome is extended to 2Lt Jimmy Birtwell for representing great grandfather 113092, Pte Horace Blake and great uncle 113093, Pte Leonard Blake, brothers who signed up together, originally attesting into the 8th CMR before being transferred to the 4CMR in the divisional restructuring of January 1916. Horace survived the war, whilst, sadly, brother Leonard was lost on the 4CMR's darkest day, 2nd June 1916, in the 'Battle for Mount Sorrel.'.


8th February 2024


Thanks and warm welcomes are extended to Marguerite and Michael & Pauline O'Neill for providing details for 3033834 Pte Frank Sims Wilton, and to Alex Clayton for providing details for brothers 111095 Pte Ernest Clayton and 111096 Pte. Joshua Clayton.



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