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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



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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.




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.


Although he was wounded in August 1918, Private Robert Thwaites saw out the war, as did Sergeant Robert E. Thwaites. Pte. Stanley Logan, wounded in November 1917, survived the war, too. Biographies will follow shortly. Many thanks David, and welcome.


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.


Many thanks for your work Bill.


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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