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Latest News:12th June, 2019


Many thanks are extended to Bell family historian, Sharon (Bell) Hurst, for providing a biography for 171591, Pte. Robert James Bell. Originally an 83rd Battalion man, Robert was transferred to the 4th CMR in early June 1916, but was sadly lost at Pozières, France, in mid-September 1916.






2nd April, 2019


Huge thanks are extended to Harry MacKendrick for representing his grandfather, Lt. Harry Crane MacKendrick, and his 4th CMR fellows: Lt. George James Aitkin, Lt. Arthur Elliott Allen, Capt. John D. S. Fleek MC, and Major Albert Percy Menzies. Biographies by 4th CMR researcher Mike Kavanagh will follow soon, which will include images supplied from Harry MacKendrick's own collection.






10th February, 2019


A warm welcome is extended to Lloyd Truscott, who represents his great uncle, 109543 Cpl. John Calvin Peters, who was a 4th CMR Original, attesting in Toronto in late November 1914. Surviving a two month bout of influenza in late 1916, and nearly a month of hospitalisation for a mild wounding in early April 1918 whilst the regiment held the front line near La Chaudiere, France, John survived the war.






8th February, 2019


Another milestone was reached today, when 157048 Pte. Andrew Armitage was represented by his great-granddaughter, Kristin Ingram, making him the 700th man to be represented by a relation or researcher - that is 15.5% of the regiment honoured specifically by somebody today, 100 years after the conflict ended. Andrew was a motor mechanic living in Newmarket, Ontario, when he originally attested into the 81st Battalion, which became a feeder battalion for the 4th CMR in late June, following their huge losses at the 'Battle for Mount Sorrel' at the beginning of the month.


Although receiving a gunshot wound in mid-September 1916, more than likely in the attack on Courcelette, in France, Andrew was accidentally injured again in August 1918, when a supply lorry slid on a muddy road and caused an injury to his left leg. This bothered him from then on in and in surviving the war he underwent a medical board inspection and was discharged as medically unfit to continue in February 1919. Welcome Kristin, and a huge thank you to you and all who have stepped up to stand alongside men of the 4th CMR since 2006.






6th February, 2019


A warm welcome goes to Julia Hodge, who represents her grandfather 113296, Pte. David Hodge, originally an 8th CMR man. David was transferred to the 4th CMR in January 1916 when the 8th CMR was absorbed into the regiment under divisional restructuring. Wounded in the 'Battle for Mount Sorrel', on June 2nd 1916, David latterly experienced issues with his nerves through 1917 and was invalided out of front line service and returned to Canada in early 1918. David saw some of the harshest fighting during his time in the regiment and his service is duly acknowledged here. Welcome Julia.






23rd January, 2019


A warm welcome is extended to Joni Goss for representing 401762, Cpl. John Allen. Originally a 70th Battalion man, John was transferred to the 33rd Battalion, from where he was then transferred to the 4th CMR in early June 1916, taken on then as reinforcements following the 4th CMR's big losses in the 'Battle for Mount Sorrel' on June 2nd 1916. John survived the war without noted incident and was struck off strength in Toronto on March 29th, 1919. Thank you Joni for standing alongside John Allen today.






2nd January, 2019


In welcoming you to a New Year, I am pleased to announce a second book has been produced by prolific contributor to this site, George Auer. His first was "Soldiers of the Soil: Grey County goes to War", released in 2015, which tells the personal stories of the men and women of Grey County, Ontario, in WW1. The second and most recent is "The Day the Ravebeek Ran Grey", which is a detailed and Grey County focussed look at the 3rd Battle of Ypres, more widely known simply as Passchendaele.


Both books are available through The Ginger Press, but please do see either my Researchers or Bibliography sections for further details.






28th November, 2018


A warm welcome is extended to Christine Arbic, who represents her great grandfather's cousin, 633767, Pte. Victor Arbic, a former 154th Battalion man who was transferred to the 4th CMR in November 1916 and sadly died in June 1917. Thank you Christine.






24th November, 2018


A quick bit of site news, the Demographic breakdown project has now been concluded. Today's update brings to close a body of research that has been ongoing pretty much since about six years before this website went live in 2006. Only about half a dozen records remain untraceable amongst the 4,513 members of the regiment. Do take a look at the page to get an insight in the lives of the men. I'm proud of the final result, being a labour of love for so many years.






16th November, 2018


Many thanks go to Janet Harris, whose great-great uncle was, 111211 Pte. Harold Grimmer, and to her son, Alexander Harris, for standing alongside Harold and remembering him, his service and sacrifice. Sadly Harold, originally attesting as a 6th CMR man, was lost to gas attack injuries near Feuchy, France, in late August 1918. Thank you Janet and Alexander.






2nd October, 2018


A warm welcome is extended to Kevin Clements, for representing his grandfather, Pte. Alleyn Young Clements. Originally a 6th CMR man, Alleyn was transferred to the 4th CMR in January 1916. Being one of the 350 men of the 4th CMR taken POW on June 2nd, 1916, Alleyn survived the war, albeit from within the confines of a German POW camp and latterly being interned in the Netherlands from the summer of 1918 onwards, before final repatriation 11 days after the war ended.






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.






29th May, 2018


A warm welcome is extended to Allan McAllister, who represents his great uncle, 171280, Pte. Frederick Bennett. Originally an 83rd Battalion man, Frederick was transferred to the 4th CMR in late July 1916, but was subsequently lost on October 1st, 1916, in the costly attack on Regina Trench.






24th May, 2018


Kent Gowland steps up today to represent his grandfather, 3039728, Pte. George Henry Gowland, who, originally as a 1st Battalion, 1st Central Ontario Regiment man, was drafted into the CEF under the Military Service Act 1917, in May 1918. Following training he was moved to Europe, where he was transferred from the 3rd Reserve Battalion into the 4th CMR in October 1918. He was able to join them in the field in mid-November 1918, just days after the Armistice was settled. Welcome, Kent.






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.