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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 4,513 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



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Demographic breakdown: this page provides a demographic insight into the real lives of the regiment's full numbers (4,513). 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.




Latest News: 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.


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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.


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