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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 4,514 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


Ian






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 December 28th, 2017.



Featured book


Malcolm MacPhail's Great War is a novel set on the Western Front in 1917 and 1918. Written by Canadian, Darrell Duthie, and published in November 2017, it is featured here as, in its latter stages, the 4th CMR make an appearance, as do two of its Captains: Beecher Poyser MC and Thomas Dixon MM MC. The book is available at both Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.


I highly recommend this book, as it does put you into the thick of the CEF action in the mid to late stages of the war. Darrell does a fantastic job of maintaining the pace and tension of actions at the front at that time, ably portraying the life of fictitious intelligence officer, Malcolm MacPhail, in the Great War. 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, this book is for you, and it would be an excellent gift for somebody you know who is interested in the First World War.


For a fuller description of this book, please see the Amazon listings for it, or the Links > Bibliography page on this website.






Latest News: 17th April, 2018


A warm welcome is extended to Matthew Scarlino, representing principally former Toronto police officers (though other police forces are represented) who joined the CEF when the call came: 172439 Pte. Edward Burnell, 171254 Sgt. Mosley Chapman, 172406 Sgt. James Davison MM, 491194 Pte. Frederick Hogg, 3034877 Pte. Felix Johnson, 1003427 RSM. Clement Jordon, 766430 Lt. John Lowrie, 157506 A.Sgt Henry Mackie, 171255 Cpl. William McCullagh, 649407 Sgt. John McGregor, 109527 Pte. Thomas Newcombe, 109651 RSM Frederick Tucker and 916965 Sgt. Philip Walter.


This brings the total number of men represented to 661 (14.6%) of the 4,514 who served with the regiment. Thank you, Matthew.


7th March, 2018


Further to Paula Pocock representing 113055 Pte. Leonard Allen back last summer, and following an unavoidable delay at this end, I have now been able to add Leonard's biography. Many thanks Paula.


4th March, 2018


Welcome to Dave Mitchell, who represents 109491 CSM James Buchanan Mitchell DCM, who was born in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, and attested as a 4th CMR original in Toronto in May 1915. Though wounded in September 1916, and awarded the DCM (Distinguished Conduct Medal) for action near Folies (S.E. of Amiens, France) in August 1918, James survived the war.


25th February, 2018


A warm welcome is extended to Nancy Collins, who represents her father, 649266, L/Cpl. Louis Pilkington. Originally a 159th Battalion man, Louis was transferred, along with 104 fellow 159th men, to the 4th CMR in March and April of 1917. He was wounded twice whilst in service with the 4th CMR, but survived the war. Welcome Nancy.


24th February, 2018


Andy Fitton is welcomed to the fold, in representing 109565, Pte. Thomas Reddicen, a former Manchester, England man, who signed up in Toronto, as one of the originals in December 1914. Thomas was discharged back to Canada on medical grounds in October 1915 and sadly passed away in 1917. Remembered here today by Andy.


23rd January, 2018


A warm welcome is extended to Ian Murray, who represents his father, Pte. Douglas Murray, and Douglas's older brother, Pte. William Geo. Murray. As an "original", Douglas Murray saw all the actions the regiment was involved in throughout the bitter conflict. William, also an original, was taken POW in June 2nd 1916's Battle for Mount Sorrel, being one of 350 men taken than morning. He was repatriated in March 1918. Thankfully, both men ultimately survived the war.



14th January, 2018


Welcome, Rick Neville, who represents his great uncle, Pte. Henry "Hank" Hargreaves Neville. Originally a 33rd Battalion man, Hank found himself transferred to the 4th CMR in May 1916. Having survived the regiment's darkest day a few weeks later, in the Battle for Mount Sorrel, the 4th CMR had just moved into Mouquet Farm, located in the brickfields north of the town of Albert, France, on September 11th, 1916, when they were subjected to a gas shell attack. Alas, Hank died the following day. Sadly his body was not recovered after the attack and he is remembered today on the Vimy Memorial.


14th December, 2017


A warm welcome is extended to Wayne Andrew, representing his grandfather, Pte. John Keam, who, though wounded on June 2nd, 1916, in the 4CMR's darkest day at the opening of the Battle for Mount Sorrel, survived the war. Welcome Wayne.


5th December, 2017


A 4cmr.com welcome to Bob Wilson, joining those remembering his great uncle, Pte. Allan Dunoon.


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