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Latest News: 7th September, 2017


David Thwaites joins the fold, representing two Robert Thwaites: 648891, Pte. Robert Thwaites, a former 159th Battalion man, originally from Hastings County, Ontario, and 171542, Sgt. Robert Edward Thwaites, a former 83rd Battalion man, from the County of Kent, England, who David is related to. Also represented is 648539, Pte. Stanley Logan, Pte. Robert Thwaites' brother-in-law. Stanley was also an 159th Battalion man, and joined up with Robert Thwaites in New Liskeard, Ontario.






4th September, 2017


A warm welcome to Michele Bruton Davies, representing her great-grandfather, 109581, Pte. Russell Sadler, who, though wounded in August 1917, survived the war. Russell's representation brings the number of men represented by relatives and researchers today to 634, just over 14% of the total number of men forming the regiment.






26th August, 2017


Bill Zorzi's gone and done it again, with the find of another man missing from the Nominal Roll. 158179 Pte. Alfred Scott has been added now, bringing the regiment total up to 4,514. Alfred was originally with the 81st Battalion and transferred into the 4th CMR June 7th, 1916. The transfer of the 81st Battalion men was much needed, following the huge losses the 4th CMR suffered on June 2nd, in the Battle for Mount Sorrel. Alfred sadly was lost a few months later, in the action against Regina Trench, in October 1916.






30th July, 2017


Further thanks go to Bill Zorzi for spotting 144236 Pte. Jules Winne was missing from the 'W' page listing. As the listings are only as good as the original Nominal Roll, Winne's name was omitted at that stage and that was error carried on to the In Memoriam listings. Even after 14 years of demographic research on the members of the regiment, this may yet not be the last case of a 4th CMR missing son being discovered. Jules Winne has now been added to the listings, bringing the known number of men having served with the 4th CMR up to 4,513. Originally a 77th Battalion man, Jules, Belgian by birth, was transferred to the 4th CMR in March 1916, but was sadly lost in the action at Regina Trench on 1st October 1916. He is remembered on the Vimy Memorial.






25th July, 2017


Bill Zorzi joins the fold, representing distant relative Pte. Fred Wingate.. Originally a 33rd Battalion man, Fred was one of the 108 Americans known to have served with the 4th CMR. He was transferred into the 4th CMR in May 1916, though sadly he was lost in the action at Regina Trench on October 1st, 1916. Welcome Bill.






6th July, 2017


A warm welcome is extended to Andy Polson, representing his great uncle Pte. John "Jack" Henry Polson, who initially attested into the 83rd Battalion, and who, after being transferred to the 4th CMR in June 1916, was sadly subsequently lost near Albert, France, on October 15th, 1916.


A welcome and many thanks go to Paula Pocock for representing brothers-in-law Pte. Percy Wardle and Pte. Leonard Allen, who was married to Percy's sister. Both originally attested into the 8th CMR but were transferred into the 4th CMR when the 8th CMR was absorbed by the 4th CMR in January 1916, under divisional restructuring. Sadly both were lost in the war: Leonard Allen on his birthday in the 'Battle for Mount Sorrel', near Ypres, Belgium, on June 2nd, 1916, and Percy Wardle in the actions around Albert, France, on September 30th, 1916.






6th June, 2017


Thanks go to William and Tanner Leach, for representing L/Cpl. Robert Dron. Originally attesting into the 33rd Battalion, Robert was transferred to the 4th CMR in the 7th June 1916 rebuild of the regiment after its huge losses in the 2nd June 1916 'Battle for Mount Sorrel'. Sadly Robert was subsequently lost in the action at Vimy, in April 1917.






19th May, 2017


A warm welcome is extended to Kathleen McLarnon, who represents her great-grandfather, Pte. William McLarnon. Originally attesting as an 8th CMR man, William was transferred to the 4th CMR in January 1916, when the 8th CMR was absorbed into the 4th CMR under divisional restructuring. Sadly William was one of the 191 men of the 4th CMR lost on June 2nd, 1916, in the Battle for Mount Sorrel. He is remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial, in Ieper.






1st May, 2017


Many thanks are extended to Fred Appleton for representing Capt. John Martin. An original 4th CMR sign-up, the then Lieutenant Martin was amongst 345 men of the regiment taken POW on June 2nd, 1916, in the opening action of the 14 day Battle for Mount Sorrel, near Ypres, Belgium. Repatriated in March 1918, then made Captain, John Martin survived the war. Welcome Fred, and thank you for stepping up to stand alongside Captain Martin.






13th April, 2017


A warm welcome to Stan Glass who represents his father, Sgt. Cyril Glass MM, who, originally attesting as a 146th Battalion man, was transferred to the 4th CMR in December 1916. Cyril was awarded the MM (Military Medal) around late August 1918 and survived the war.






11th April, 2017


171507 Cpl. James Percy Melross is represented today by step-granddaughter Gail Paton. James was orginally an 83rd Battalion man who, along with 240 of his fellows, was transferred to the 4th CMR in June 1916, following the 4th's huge losses at the beginning of the month. A warm welcome to you Gail.






10th April, 2017


A warm welcome is extended to Nancy Truman, great great-granddaughter to 778703 Pte. Alfred William Brock, who sadly was lost in July 1918 during a trench raid on enemy lines. Alfred is commemorated on the Vimy Ridge memorial.






9th April, 2017


A welcome is extended to Joan Kass, who represents her grandfather, 109415, Sgt. Stephen Jenner. Although surviving the June 2nd, 1916 'Battle for Mount Sorrel', Stephen was amongst 265 men of the 4th CMR taken POW that day. He was eventually repatriated via Holland on November 18th, 1918. Welcome Joan.






7th April, 2017


Jessica Reid joins the fold today, representing her great great uncle, 637044, Pte. Charles Benjamin Reid. Originally a 155th Battalion man, Charles was transferred, along with 94 of his fellows, to the 4th CMR in late November 1916. Sadly, Charles was lost at Passchendaele in October 1917. Welcome Jessica.






6th April, 2017


A warm wlecome is extended to John Marks, who represents his great grandfather, CQMS. James William Marks, who was orginally a 37th Battalion man, transferred to the 4th CMR in May 1916. James Marks survived the war.






5th March, 2017


Kevin Breyne joins the 4cmr.com fold today, representing Pte. Matthew Rae, a Scottish ex-pat who signed up as one of the 4th CMR "originals". Matthew was wounded in the 'Battle for Mount Sorrel' on June 2nd, 1916, taken as a POW, and sadly passed away in Kortrijk, Belgium, where Kevin lives, in March 1917. Welcome Kevin.


A link has been provided to "The Matthew Rae Story", a blogspot provided by the Markham Public Library. A personal biography will be submitted in due course.






3rd March, 2017


The Demographics page has been updated in a series of ongoing changes. Two additional tables have been added in 'The reality of war' section, towards the bottom of the page. One details the woundings and losses of 4th CMR troops by year, and the other breaks down, by year, those men of the regiment taken as POWs.







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 but 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.






30th December, 2016


George Auer's ongoing 147th (Grey) Battalion research has provided a biography for Pte. Dennis Confrey, who was transferred to the 4th CMR in March 1917. Wounded twice thereafter, Dennis survived the war. Thanks go to George for the biography.






29th December, 2016


4th CMR researcher, Mike Kavanagh, has submitted a biography for Lt. Guy Dingle, a former 156th Battalion man, by way of the 147th (Grey) Battalion, who was transferred to the 4th CMR in May 1917. Two months later Guy was accidentally wounded when an unexploded shell he had picked up went off in his hand. Though not as ultimately devastating as the Pte. Clarence McCabe event, which was brought to our attention by Brian Joyce, it is uncannily similar. Many thanks go to Mike for the work on the Guy Dingle biography.






27th December, 2016


A further round of demographic work has been undertaken in recent weeks, culmintaing in today's update on the Demographics page.


Some 58 records were found that were not available back in the early summer, so this data has now been added to the demographic breakdowns. A little over 60 records relating to 4th CMR men remain to be digitized. The demographics page will be further updated when this data becomes available. In the meantime, for those having used the figures since they were first posted on the site, note that the 58 new records have had a knock-on effect to the statistics and graphs; all of which have been updated today.


As a reminder, if you wish to use the data presented on the demographic page, please do credit or cite www.4cmr.com as the source, as I cite the L&AC archives and the 4th CMR Regimental History (S. G. Bennett, 1926) as the sources for my original database.






15th December, 2016


More George Auer 'H' - In Memoriam page biographies, for former 147th (Grey) Battalion and 248th Battalion men who were transferred to the 4th CMR, have been added today.


These include: Pte. Richard Haskett, Pte. John Hatton, Pte. Charles Havens, Pte. Willem E. Hazens and Pte. William J. Hazens.






10th December, 2016


Five more biographies have been added to the "H" - In Memoriam page. Further thanks go to George Auer for these.


Added were: Pte. Thomas Hanbury, A.Sgt. Winfield Hancock, Pte. Samuel Hanson, Pte. Percy Harding and Pte. Clayton Harris.






8th December, 2016


George Auer's research work on men of the 147th (Grey) and 248th Battalions, who were transferred into the 4th CMR variously in 1917, continues, and the first five new biographies for the 'H' - In Memoriam page have been added today.


Those included are: L/Cpl. George Hainer, Pte. Percy Haines, A/CQMS. Austin Hall, Pte. Peter Hamilton and Pte. Joseph Hamlet.


As ever, huge thanks go to George for this huge body of work, as he researches each member of the 147th (Grey) and 248th Battalions. Further biographies will be included shortly, as they are processed for posting on the site.






13th September, 2016


Thanks are extended to Cpl. William Right, GGHG, for representing brothers 177770 Pte. Ross McKenzie and 835371 L/Cpl. William McKenzie. Both born in Palmerston, Ontario, and living in Lantana when they signed up, Ross, a spinner by trade and the younger of the two, attested first, into the 146th Battalion in Montreal in November 1915. William, four years older and a farmer by trade, also attested into the 146th Battalion, in Kingston, in January 1916. Both men were subsequently transferred to the 4th CMR in December 1916. Sadly, William was lost in the action against Passchendaele, in October 1917. Ross survived the war.


The addition of these two men to the 'M' In Memoriam page brings the number of 4th CMR men represented, by relatives and researches today, to 600. That's 13% of the regiment with somebody actively standing alongside them and honouring their memory. We will remember them. Thank you all.






24th August, 2016


A warm welcome is extended to Wayne Warnica, grandson of and representing Capt. Roy Washington Warnica, who originally attested into the 119th (Algoma) Battalion.


Roy was only one of two men transferred to the 4th CMR from the 119th BN. He served with the 4th CMR from mid-February 1918 to the close of the war. Roy was awarded the Croix de Guerre. Wanye stands proudly alongside his grandfather on the 'W' In Memoriam page.






15th August, 2016


4th CMR researcher, Mike Kavanagh, has submitted short biographies to accompany seven headstone images supplied by 4cmr.com. These came from research done during the June 2016 commemoration trip to Ieper for the 100th anniversary of the June 2nd, 1916, 'Battle for Mount Sorrel', in which 176 men of the 4th CMR were lost.


The following biographies were added:


Perth Cemetery

401391 Pte. George Rollings.

Tyne Cot

835642 Pte. Frederick Hughes
835321 Pte. Everett Miller
172323 L/Sgt. George Wheeler.

Ypres Reservoir Cemetery

111175 Pte. Frederick Flaherty
401413 Pte. Frank Lesprance
113532 Pte. Joseph Saunders.





2nd August, 2016


4th CMR brothers, Ptes. 835143 Alexander Andrews and 835184 Neil Andrews, are today represented by Alexander's great-granddaughter, Katelynn Andrews. Both men were originally 146th Battalion men, born in Kaladar, Ontario, and who were living in Flinton, where they joined up in December 1915. They were transferred to the 4th CMR in early November 1916, along with 264 fellow 146th Battalion men. It was reported that Alexander was accidentally wounded in three places on March 14th, 1917. Brother Neil was wounded exactly a month later, on April 14th, 1917, and again on August 28th, 1918, during the consolidation actions in the Battle for Arras. Both men survived the war. Welcome Katelynn.






11th July, 2016


A warm welcome is extended to Lizzie Lindsay, representing her great great-uncle, 400738, Pte. Hugh Hamill, a former 33rd Battalion man who was transferred to the 4th CMR on June 6th, 1916, after the 4th CMR's huge losses a few days before at the Battle for Mount Sorrel. Sadly Hugh was lost on April 22nd, 1917, in line consolidation work after the attack on Vimy Ridge.






12th June, 2016


113364, Pte. James Lockyer has been represented by granddaughter, Liz Tressider. James, orginally an 8th CMR man, was transferred when the 8th CMR was absorbed into the 4th CMR in January 1916. Wounded in August 1918, James did survive the war. Welcome, Liz.


Also represented today is 111480, Pte. Albin Sumara, the great-uncle of Mark Rushton. Albin, orignally a 6th CMR man, a regiment also absorbed into the 4th CMR in January 1916, was lost during the attack on Boiry Notre-Dame, France, on August 28th, 1918. A hearty welcome to Mark, too.






6th June, 2016


A warm welcome is extended to Tiffany Hewson, who represents her great-grandfather, 172210, Pte. Clarence Victor Hewson. Originally an 83rd Battalion man, Victor signed on in Toronto in September 1915 and along with a little over 220 fellow 83rd Battalion men was later transferred, on June 7th, 1916, to help rebuild the 4th CMR after its decimation on June 2nd, in the Battle for Mount Sorrel. Although Victor was wounded in the left arm on August 26th, 1918, during the attack on Monchy-le-Preux, he survived the war.






2nd June, 2016


On the 100th Anniversary of the Battle for Mount Sorrel, which saw 176 men of the 4th CMR lost, with a further 258 taken POW, a 4th CMR memorial was unveiled on a wet and overcast day. Set at the junction of Pappostraat and Zandvoordestraat, near to Hill 62 (Sanctuary Wood), the memorial remembers that fateful day and the huge toll suffered by the 4th CMR.






21st May, 2016


Paul Barber has provided further biography details for his grandfather, Pte. Percy Barber, who was wounded during the actions following the attack on Vimy Ridge. Percy's page has been updated accordingly. Many thanks, Paul.






16th May, 2016


Jeff Thornton joins cousin John Thornton is standing alongside their grandfather, 109646, Cpl. Peter Thornton. Having survived the Battle for Mount Sorrel, on June 2nd, 1916, Peter was taken as a POW. He was subsequently repatriated in December 1918. Peter's biography has been added via the above link.



9th May, 2016


The new Demographic breakdown page has gone live today. The culmination of several years of detailed research, using the regimental nominal roll coupled with the L&AC archives, and the expert knowledge and contributions from researchers George Auer and Arnie Kay, and invaluable input from Rob Schäfer. The demographic breakdown provides an amazing and informative insight into the social backgrounds of the men of the regiment.


The page will be updated as further statistics are completed and added.






14th April, 2016


4th CMR Researcher Mike Kavanagh has provided a biography for Pte. Harry Loxley, who originally attested to the 8th CMR, which was absorbed into the 4th CMR in January 1916. Taken POW in the Battle for Mount Sorrel, in June 1916, Harry was eventually repatriated in late November 1918.






11th March, 2016


Stephanie Lomax joins the 4th CMR fold today, in representing her grandfather, Pte. John Lomax, and his brother Pte. Robert Lomax. John "Jack" and Robert Lomax were former 198th Battalion men, who found themselves transferred to the 4th CMR in March 1918. Welcome, Stephanie.






2nd March, 2016


A warm welcome is extended to Jennette Spicer, the neice of Pte. John Smit. Jennette has provided additonal biography details to those originally submitted by Linda Heffernan. John was originally born Johannes Terpstra, in the Netherlands, but went under the name of Smit on attestation into the 147th (Grey) Battalion in Owen Sound, Ontario, in December 1915. Sadly he was lost at Vimy Ridge, in April 1917.






16th February, 2016


Many thanks are extended to George Auer, 147th Battalion and 248th Battalion researcher, who has submitted 20 new biographies for men in these regiments who subsequently found themselves transferred to the 4th CMR in 1917. These biographies include:

Ptes. Charles & James Galbraith
Pte. Francis Galvin
Pte. Stanley Gardhouse
Pte. Errol Gaudin
Pte. Joseph Gawley
Pte. James Geddes
Pte. Garfield Gibbons
Pte. William Gibbons
Sgt. John Gillesby
Pte. Albert Gillespie
Cpl. Gilbert Gilmore
Pte. Ennis Girling
Pte. John Godden
Cpl. Eby Goheen
L/Cpl. James Gould
Pte. William Graham
Pte. George Grant
Pte. William Gregory
Pte. Walter Gull.






26th January, 2016


Carol Lylyk joins the 4th CMR fold today, representing her mother's cousin, Pte. Alfred Gordon. Welcome, Carol. Alfred served with the 154th Battalion, finding himself transferred to the 4th CMR in November 1916, but was lost at Passchendaele in October 1917. Welcome, Carol.







19th January, 2016


A warm welcome is extended to Susan McIntosh, who today represents great uncle Pte. Thomas Henry Hiller. Tom, a former 8th CMR man, who was transferred to the 4th CMR with 361 fellows in January 1916, was amongst the 258 men who were captured and taken POW on the morning of June 2nd, 1916, in the Battle for Mount Sorrel. He was subsequently repatriated in December 1918.