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26th April, 2021

A warm welcome is extended to Andrew Webb-trezzi, who, through his research of acquired 4th CMR photos, which includes a group shot of former 95th Battalion men, represents the following men of the 4th CMR:

Majors Walter Moorhouse and Wilfred Sifton, Lts. Lionel Clarke and Ernest Steer, Capts. Alex Lightbourn, William Muirhead, Harry Symons and Allan Taylor DSO.

And former 95th BN men: Sgts. 201593 William Garlick and 202218 William Loveys and Ptes. 139541 George Crane & brother 2017769 John Crane, and 202097 Harry Ferris.

The representation of the brothers Crane brought to my attention a sibling relationship which had not previously been recorded. This has resulted in a section update within the Demographics page. Many thanks Andrew.

28th February, 2021

Chris Harper is welcomed into the 4CMR family, representing his great great grandfather 633341, Pte.Willis Harper a former 154th Battalion man who was transferred to the 4CMR in November 1916. Willis survived the war. Welcome Chris.

21st February, 2021

A warm welcome is extended to Darren Prickett, who represents 401659, Pte. Alexander Oliver. Formerly of the 33rd Battalion, Alexander was one of the 4th CMR's 350 men taken POW during the conclusion of the opening morning of the 'Battle for Mount Sorrel', on June 2nd, 1916. Though held for nearly two and a half years, Alexander subsequently escaped in early November 1918.

19th February, 2021

A special warm welcome is extended to Deirdre Codd, who represents her great uncle 838741 Pte. John Hatton, a former 147th Battalion man, who was transferred to the 4th CMR in February 1917. Though victim of a gas shelling near Vimy Ridge in September 1917, John survived the war.

1st February, 2021

A warm welcome is extended to Andrew Innes, who represents his great grandfather, Lt. Leroy Carle Innes. Originally attesting into Lord Strathcona's Light Horse, Leroy was transferred to the 4th CMR at the end of November 1916, though was amongst eight men wounded in two separate rifle grenade accidents on the same day, 14th March 1917, during training exercises. Leroy was wounded in both legs and his injuries were sufficient to end his service. He was struck off strength in mid-December 1917.

28th January, 2021

An extended family welcome is given to Laraine (née Jackson) Sleigh and the members of the Jackson family representing 835729 Pte. Rufus Jackson. Originally of the 146th (Frontenac) Battalion, Rufus was transferred to the 4th CMR in December 1916, though sadly was lost in the Battle of Vimy Ridge in April 1917.

23rd January, 2021

A warm welcome is extended to Neville Russell, who represents his grandfather, 475137, Sgt. Frank Lyons, DCM. Originally of the 90th (Winnipeg Rifles) Battalion, Frank was transferred to the 4th CMR in March 1916. He was awarded a Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) in 1918 for actions likely to have occurred in 1917. Click Here to see the citation associated with this award. Frank survived the war.

Also welcomed is Richard Faulkner, who represents his great uncle, 1030075, Pte. Leonard Haywood. Originally attesting into the 236th Overseas Battalion (The New Brunswick Kilties - Sir Sam's Own), Len was transferred, via the 177th and then 3rd Reserve Battalion, to the 4th CMR in February 1918. He survived the war.

Welcome both. You bring the total number of 4th CMR men represented to 742 (16.4% of the regiment). Thank you.

20th January, 2021

A 4CMR welcome is extended to Murray Christenson, who represents his grandfather, 109642, Pte. Alfred Thompson and his great uncle, 109506, Pte. Wilfred Marrison, both of whom signed on in late 1914 as 4CMR originals, and both of whom were amongst the 350 taken POW on 2nd June 1916, in the 'Battle for Mount Sorrel'. Alfred was repatriated in late November 1918, whilst Wilfred followed a week later, in early December.

15th January, 2021

A warm welcome is extended to Loris Valvona, who represents former 209th Battalion man, 252985, Pte. George William Woodward. Signing up in May 1916, George was transferred to the 4th CMR in August 1918. He saw the war out without noted incident, though did contract influenza a week after the Armistice was actioned. Thankfully he fully recovered.

Any family member of George Woodward is invited to contact the website (see Contact) accordingly.

17th December, 2020

It is a pleasure to welcome Geoff Clarke, who steps up to represent Cpl. Robert Qua, a former 180th Battalion man, who was transferred to the 4th CMR in February 1918. Robert, having survived a gassing in August 1918, was transferred to the 1st C.O.R.D., where he subsequently became a Lieutenant. Geoff also represents Sgt. Charles Bittle, formerly an 83rd (Reserve) Battalion man, who was transferred to the 4th CMR in January 1917 but was sadly lost just weeks later. Welcome Geoff.

9th December, 2020

A warm welcome is extended to Wayne & Karen Douglas, who represent Pte. Robert Richardson, a former 146th Battalion man who, via the 95th Battalion, was transferred to the 4th CMR on October 27th 1916. Though receiving a severe hand wound in December 1916 that precluded his return to active service, Robert was struck off strength with the 4th CMR on December 31st 1917, therein surviving the war.

25th November, 2020

A new page, Panels 30 and 32, has been added to the site, listing all 4th CMR men who appear on the Menin Gate Memomorial in Ieper, Belgium. Those from all of the Canadian Mounted Rifles regiments (the 1st, 2nd, 4th & 5th CMRs), who were lost without trace in defence of the town, were listed together on wall panals 30 and 32 of the Memorial, without regimental differentiation. Of the 710 men listed, this project identified all 236 men of the 4th CMR on 16 of the stone tablets across panels 30 and 32, listed them alphabetically, linked their biographies (where they had been submitted and posted on this website) and also linked them to my own (large) images of the stone tablets on which the given man's name appeared.

If any errors were made, they are entirely mine, however, I was able to identify one entry on Panel 32, where the family name had been mispelled. I have notified the Commonweath War Graves Commission accordingly. It is hoped that I can roll this project out further to include the Memorials at Vimy and Thiepval, in time.

26th October, 2020

A warm welcome is extended to Stuart Patton, who represents great uncle 1066070, Pte. George Smith, originally a 248th Battalion man. Coming to the 4th CMR via the 8th Reserve Battalion in November 1917, George survived the war.

3rd September, 2020

Thank you to Garry Farmer for providing an extensive and well sourced biography for James Hibbert Hicks, a former 81st BN man who was transferred to the 4th CMR on 6th June 1916, after the huge losses the 4th CMR suffered on June 2nd in the 'Battle for Mount Sorrel'. Sadly James was lost at Courcelette in the following September.

1st September, 2020

Further cross-checking of the Nominal Roll and the demographics database, in combination with the full service records, has revealed five men not included in the original database used on this website. As such the regiment's numbers have now been revised, up from 4,516 to 4,521. This impacted the Demographics statistics, and the page has been updated accordingly. Further database proofing is being undertaken and it is highly likely that further missed members of the regiment will be found as this progresses.

31st August, 2020

Sincere thanks are extended to Pete Maxfield, who manages sister CMR website 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles, for bringing back into the fold two 4th CMR soldiers who had been missed off of the 4th's Nominal Roll. Namely 213438 Pte. George Bertrand and 401627 Sgt. Charles Dare Windsor, MM.

Their inclusion swells the known numbers to have served in the 4th CMR from 4,514 to 4,516. These weren't the first to have been missed and subsequently found and they won't be the last, I'm sure. Thank you for your valued work in finding and representing these men, Pete. Very much appreciated.

Pete additionally stands alongside: 109248 Capt. Leslie Bernard Bumstead, MC + Bar, 805404 Lt. William George Butson, Major Harry Duncan Lockhart Duncan, DSO, Lt. Merrill Whedon MacDowell, MC, Capt. Leslie Gordon Mills and

Capt. Morris Allaire Scovil.

As an interesting side note, it is believed that all three of the current CMR websites (1st CMR, 2nd CMR & 4th CMR) are run by Brits in the UK.

16th August, 2020

A warm welcome is extended to Chuck Ellis for representing his great uncle, 158661 Pte. Ernest Parent, a former 81st Battalion man brought into the 4th CMR as a rebuilding draft of men on 7th June 1916, after the 4th's huge losses in the 'Battle for Mount Sorrel' on June 2nd. Though wounded in the right knee in mid-September 1916, likely in the action Courcelette, France, Ernest survived the war.

12th August, 2020

Attention is drawn to the Channel Islands Great War Project, who are researching those men serving in WW1 who came from the British Channel Islands, namely the islands of: Jersey, Guernsey, Sark and Alderney.

Seven men from the Channel Islands are known to have served with the 4th CMR. Three were from Jersey: 835940 Pte. Charles Davis, 3033184 Pte. John (Le) Monnier and 2304404 Pte. Francois Vasslin; and four from Guernsey: 135680 Pte. Stephen Cherry, 109290 Pte. John Curtis, 1066221 Pte. Thomas Mahy and 649328 Cpl. William Smart.

It is no small project by any means and you are invited to visit their website to see the great work they have done thus far. Thanks to the Study Group for representing these seven 4th CMR men.

27th July, 2020

A warm welcome is extended to Sean McGuire, who represents his great uncle, 111299, Sgt. Edward Blake MacDonald, a former 6th CMR man who was transferred to the 4th CMR in January 1916, when the two regiments were combined in a divisional consolidated. Sadly, Edward was lost in the action at Regina Trench in October 1916.

3rd July, 2020

Thanks go to Riley Buckles for representing his great grandfather, 135646, Cpl. William Buckles, who was a former 74th Battalion man transferred to the 4th CMR, as a reinforcement draft in early June 1916. This was due to the huge losses suffered by the 4CMR in the 'Battle for Mount Sorrel' on June 2nd, 1916. Though wounded during the push on Pozières, near Albert, France, William survived the war. Welcome Riley.

21st May, 2020

A warm welcome is extended to Steve Arnold, who represents his father's uncle, 109202 Pte. Alfred Arnold, who was wounded at Vimy in 1917, but survived the war. Welcome Steve.

3rd March, 2020

Warm welcomes are extended to Rob and Ron Houghton, cousins who represent their grandfather 109401 Pte. William Houghton, who attested into the 4th CMR in the original intake in November 1914, and survived the war. Welcome both.

18th February, 2020

I was both pleased and surprised to find that early February 2020 saw this website's 100,000th unique visitor. A truly amazing milestone.

5th February, 2020

Many thanks are extended to Judy Stockham of the Kenora Great War Project for the biography of 172210 Pte. Clarence Hewson.

24th January, 2020

As a result of the research on the medals awarded to the 4th CMR (see 2nd January, below), a "lost" soldier was found who had been missed from the transcription of the Nominal Roll. He has now been added to all relevant sections in the website and figures updated where impacted, especially so in the Demographics section. The official number currently known to have served with the regiment now stands at 4,514.

2nd January, 2020

A new page has been added to the site: Medals. This presents as many of the citations for the 187 men of the 4th CMR who were awarded 202 medals and 13 bars during the course of the war as could be found. This is a work in progress project and as such is not yet fully complete.

20th December, 2019

Many thanks are extended to Garry Farmer, for supplying a biography for 109247 RSM Reginald Bumpstead. Thank you, Garry.

10th November, 2019

A warm welcome to Peter O'Malley, who represents his maternal grandfather, 648801 Sgt. Peter James Seeley DCM & MM, who was a 159th BN man transferred to the 4th CMR in April 1917. Though wounded in late August 1918, Peter Seeley survived the war. Welcome, Peter.

7th November, 2019

Warm welcomes are extended to the following:

Mark Springate, who represents his great uncle, 648131 LCpl. Donald Cant, a former 159th BN man who was sadly lost with the 4th CMR in August 1918.

Timothy McCraken, representing 109525 Pte. James McVittie, an original contingent 4th CMR man who was lost at the 'Battle for Mount Sorrel' in June 2nd 1916.

Garry Farmer for providing a concise biography of a distant relative, 2161342 Pte. John Smith Hulton, who, though wounded by gas, did survive the war.

and Lori Gibb Coverdale, representing her grandfather, 109350 Pte. Gordon McIntyre Gibb MM, also an original contingent 4th CMR man, who avoided certain death at the 'Battle for Mount Sorrel' on June 2nd by the fortune of being on leave. Although subsequently wounded and returned to Canada, Gordon survived the war to the ripe old age of 87.

Thank you all and once again welcome.

20th September, 2019

A warm welcome is extended to Cliff Grenfell for representing 158103, Pte. William Henry Head, a former 81st Battalion man who was transferred to the 4th CMR as a reinforcement draft with fellow 81st BN men in mid June 1916. This was brought about by the huge losses suffered by the 4th CMR in the 'Battle for Mount Sorrel' in early June. Though wounded in October 1916, William did survive the war.

10th September, 2019

The Demographics page was further updated today with fine tunings to some records, which have made due to details being accessible from previously unavailable information.

1st July, 2019

4th CMR researcher Mike Kavanagh has provided a biography of 111531, Pte. Colin Melville Woodrow. Originally a 6th CMR man, Colin was transferred to the 4th CMR in January 1916, under divisional reorganisation. Wounded twice in the line of duty with the 4th CMR, Colin survived the war. Many thanks, Mike.

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.