Site last updated: 13th April 2022   

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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, 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 (4,521). 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 12th April 2022.







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 18th March 2022.



Featured books



The last book in this engaging series, 'A Summer for War' was released in November 2021. 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: 12th April 2022


A hearty welcome is extended to Diego Gonzalez and Verna Warden for representing 633088 Pte Frederick Lauzon, a former 154th Battalion man who was transferred to the 4th CMR in November 1916. Although Fred was wounded at Arras, by shrapnel, he survived the war. And here's a special hello and thanks to Debbie Gonzalez for facilitating the contact with 4cmr.com.


3rd April 2022


A warm welcome is extended to Karen Aston and Chris Aston, who represent their grandfather, 159693 Pte Rowland Aston. Attesting into the 81st Reserve Battalion, Rowland was transferred to the 4th CMR in June 1916, to rebuild the regiment after huge losses at the 'Battle for Mount Sorrel' on the 2nd. Sadly, however, Rowland was lost the following October in the costly attack on Regina Trench.


1st March 2022


A hearty 4cmr.com welcome is extended to Iain Faulkner for representing his 3 x great uncle Capt. John Robinson Woods, who was transferred from the 35th Battalion to the 4CMR in mid-June 1916, after the regiment's horrendous losses on June 2nd. Sadly, Captain Woods was lost at Passchendaele in October 1917. A biography will follow in due course.


9th February 2022


A very warm welcome is extended to Constance Marlatt, granddaughter of and representing Capt. Kenneth Marlatt, a 4th CMR original who signed up in December 1914. Kenneth survived the war.


14th January 2022


Thanks are extended once again to Vincent Goudsmet, this time for providing an image of Nine Elms British Cemetery in West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Headstone images were provided too, which will be added to the biographies of the five 4th CMR men at rest there, when they have been written up.


10th January 2022


A New Year's welcome is extended to the Warwick family, specifically with regards to Bruce Warwick for representing his grandfather, 112079, Pte Donald "Harry" Laird, who was a divisional restructuring transfer from the 7th CMR, and joined the 4th CMR in October 1915. Though seriously wounded in the 'Battle for Mount Sorrel', near Ypres, on June 2nd 1916, Harry was one of 350 men of the 4th CMR taken POW that June morning. He was repatriated in September 1917. Harry wrote a book about his experiences, Prisoner 5-1-11, which can still be obtained as a CEF Books reprint from 2006. Due to the extent of his wounding, and as a proviso of his repatriation, Harry returned to Canada and was struck off strength in January 1918.


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