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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 4,512 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 (4,512). 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: 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.


19th May, 2017


A warm welcome is extended to Kathleen McLarnon, who represents her great-grandfather, Pte. William McLarnon. Originally attesting as an 8th CMR man, William was transferred to the 4th CMR in January 1916, when the 8th CMR was absorbed into the 4th CMR under divisional restructuring. Sadly William was one of the 191 men of the 4th CMR lost on June 2nd, 1916, in the Battle for Mount Sorrel. He is remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial, in Ieper.


1st May, 2017


Many thanks are extended to Fred Appleton for representing Capt. John Martin. An original 4th CMR sign-up, the then Lieutenant Martin was amongst 350 men of the regiment taken POW on June 2nd, 1916, in the opening action of the 14 day Battle for Mount Sorrel, near Ypres, Belgium. Repatriated in March 1918, then made Captain, John Martin survived the war. Welcome Fred, and thank you for stepping up to stand alongside Captain Martin.


13th April, 2017


A warm welcome to Stan Glass who represents his father, Sgt. Cyril Glass MM, who, originally attesting as a 146th Battalion man, was transferred to the 4th CMR in December 1916. Cyril was awarded the MM (Military Medal) around late August 1918 and survived the war.


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