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This website 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






Featured page


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 and 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 interesting insight into the social backgrounds of the men of the Regiment.


The Demographics page was last updated December 12th, 2018.






Featured books


My Hundred Days Of War

Book 2 in the Malcolm MacPhail WW1 series, written by Darrell Duthie, published in October 2018


This is the eagerly awaited sequel to Malcolm MacPhail's Great War (see below), and sees us again join fictitious Canadian intelligence officer Malcolm MacPhail, this time in the last 100 days of The Great War. This is a fast moving and highly detailed account of those final months of the war, and author, Darrell Duthie, has once again put us in the heart of the action, taking us through the massive allied advances is those final 100 days from "Mac" MacPhail's perspective. The 4th CMR makes a welcome, if brief, re-appearance in the enthralling narrative.


Even though we as readers know the conflict's outcome, Darrell has very ably placed us alongside Mac's involvement in the thrust and counter thrust as the German lines crumble and the allied forces push their sometimes uncertain advances to the limits of men and machine.




Malcolm MacPhail's Great War

Book 1 in the Malcom MacPhail WW1 series, written by Darrell Duthie, published in November 2017


This is a novel set on the Western Front in 1917 and 1918, and features, in its latter stages, an appearance of the 4th CMR,with specific spotlights on two of its Captains: Beecher Poyser MC and Thomas Dixon MM MC.


Taking us through the hell that was Passchendaele and beyond, Darrell more than ably puts us inside fictitious Canadian Corps intelligence officer Malcolm MacPhail's world, as his tactical mind and loose tongue see him both applauded and on the wrong side of his own senior officers. Most certainly the pace is quick, the narrative absorbing and the storyline wholly engaging.

I highly recommend these books, as they do put you into the thick of the CEF action in the mid to final stages of the war. Darrell does a fantastic job of maintaining the pace and tension of actions at the front at that time. The extent of the research is breathtaking, as is evident in the locations, the command hierarchy and the detail of the actions described. If you enjoy WW1 fiction, these books are for you, and would be excellent gifts for somebody you know who is interested in the First World War.


These books are available through Amazon: click here for links to Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.


For fuller descriptions of these books, please see the Amazon listings for them, or the Links > Bibliography page on this website.



Latest News: 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.


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