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 4,514 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


Featured page

Demographic breakdown: this page provides a demographic insight into the real lives of the regiment's full numbers (4,514). 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 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.

The Demographics page was last updated June 25th, 2018.

Featured books

Malcolm MacPhail's Great War (book 1, published in November 2017) is a novel set on the Western Front in 1917 and 1918. Written by Canadian author, Darrell Duthie, and is featured here as, in its latter stages, the 4th CMR makes an appearance, with specific spotlights on two of its Captains: Beecher Poyser MC and Thomas Dixon MM MC.

Taking us through the hell that was Passchendaele and beyond, Darrell more than ably puts us inside fictitious Canadian Corps intelligence officer Malcolm MacPhail's world, as his tactical mind and loose tongue see him both applauded and on the wrong side of his own senior officers. Most certainly the pace is quick, the narrative absorbing and the storyline wholly engaging.

My Hundred Days Of War (book 2, to be published in October 2018), the eagerly awaited sequel to the above book, sees us again join fictitious Canadian intelligence officer Malcolm MacPhail, this time in the last 100 days of The Great War. This fast moving and highly detailed account of those final months of the war will be available from October 16th, 2018. Author Darrell Duthie has once again put us in the heart of the action, taking us through the massive allied advances is those final 100 days from "Mac" MacPhail's perspective, where, once again, the 4th CMR makes a welcome if brief appearance in the enthralling narrative.

Even though we as readers know the conflict's outcome, Darrell has very ably placed us alongside Mac's involvement in the thrust and counter thrust as the German lines crumble and the allied forces push their sometimes uncertain advances to the limits of men and machine.

I highly recommend these books, as they do put you into the thick of the CEF action in the mid to final stages of the war. Darrell does a fantastic job of maintaining the pace and tension of actions at the front at that time. The extent of the research is breathtaking, as is evident in the locations, the command hierarchy and the detail of the actions described. If you enjoy WW1 fiction, these books are for you, and would be excellent gifts for somebody you know who is interested in the First World War.

These books are available through Amazon: click here for links to Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.

For fuller descriptions of these books, please see the Amazon listings for them, or the Links > Bibliography page on this website.

Latest News: 10th September, 2018

Many thanks are extended to Simon Grayson for representing the following 4th CMR men: 835301, Pte. Gordon Kimmett and brothers 727620, Pte. Frederick Seehaver and A.Sgt. George Seehaver. Gordon Kimmett, a former 146th Battalion man, having survived a gunshot wound to the head in service passed away in the UK in February 1919 due to influenza. Similarly George Seehaver, a former 110th Battalion man, contracted and died of influenza in the UK in October 1918 whilst waiting for a commission. Both lie at rest in Bramshott (St Mary) Churchyard, Hampshire, England. Frederick Seehaver, also a 110th Battalion man, though suffering an accidental gunshot wound to the left shoulder, in July 1917, survived the war. Thank you Simon.

3rd September, 2018

A further welcome is extended to Allan McAllister, who has now provided a biography for his great uncle, 171280, Pte. Frederick Bennett, and to Kent Fraser, for his biography of Lt. Earle Gordon Richards. With apologies for the unavoidable delay in posting these, welcome again both to the fold. We will remember them.

28th August, 2018

A warm welcome is extended to Ken Davies, representing his great-grandfather, 109295, Pte. David Davies. Associated with horses all his life, David latterly served with the Canadian Light Horse, and survived the war.

25th June, 2018

Many thanks to Richard and Pete Lower, for representing their great grandfather, 835679 Pte. William Jones Lower, and grandfather, 835720 Pte. William Jabez Lower, who signed up as father and son. Originally attesting into the 146th (Frontenac) Battalion, they were transferred to the 4th CMR in early November 1916. Both survived the war without further notable incident. This representation confirms a 5th father and son combination serving with the 4th CMR.

Also thanks go to Eleanor May, representing her grandfather, 838204, Pte. William Warrington. Originally a 147th (Grey) Battalion man, William was transferred to the 4th CMR in March 1917. He survived the war.

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