Most recent news (last six months or so) - for previous news updates, please click News Archive
14th May 2013
A warm welcome is extended to Steve Harris, representing his grandfather, former 169th BN man, Pte. John P. Harris, who was transferred into the 4th CMR in January 1917.
13th May 2013
Many thanks to 147th BN researcher, George Auer, for representing for 147th BN man, Pte. Willis Clark Brown, who was transferred in to the 4th CMR in April 1917
4th May 2013
With three new names being added to the In Memoriam page today, warm welcomes are extended to Jim Busby, representing Ptes. Hugh Baillie, Joseph McCoy and co-representing previously listed Joseph Wharrie, and to Rick Rackliff, representing Pte. Albert Rackliff. Biographies or service summaries will follow for all men shortly.
11th April 2013
Many thanks to George Auer for representing Pte. Daniel Miller, a Grey County, Ontario, man, from the 37th BN, wounded three times whilst serving with the 4th CMR. A biography is planned and I hope to be able to share it here in the not too distant future.
21st March 2013
Debra Coulter joins the 4th CMR family, in representing her great great uncle, Pte. Whitford Unger. Originally of the 155th BN, Whitford came into the 4th CMR in November 1916. He was wounded at Vimy, in April, 1917, and although serving with the regiment to the end of the war, he subsequently passed away in 1921. We look forward to a biography on Whitford in due course, but in the meantime, welcome, Debra.
8th March 2013
A warm welcome is extended to Evelyn Davies, who, with her sister, is working on a biography of their great uncle, Pte. John Williams, to share with us here. Originally of the 146th BN, John fell with the 4th CMR at Vimy in April, 1917.
5th March 2013
Many thanks are extended to George Auer, once again, for providing a detailed biography, this time for Major Addison Mackenzie MC.
5th February 2013
In thanking Linda Heffernan for her patience, the biographies of three 4th CMR men who lost their lives in the Battle for Vimy Ridge, on 11th April 1917, have been added to the In Memoriam page. They are: Pte. Edward Cole, Pte. Rufus Jackson and Pte. Thomas Parks. Many thanks are extended to Linda for the biographies, and to J. Stephens for the headstone images.
4th February 2013
With thanks extended once again to George Auer, a detailed biography of Capt. George Clark OC, OBE, MC, has been added, and Pte. Allan Dunoon's biography has been updated, thanks to Elizabeth Reynolds.
3rd February 2013
After an unavoidable, enforced delay, the following updates were made today: L/Sgt. Leicester Sutton's extensive and well researched biography was added, with thanks to Craig Fisher, a photo was added to Pte. William Stoddart's webpage, with thanks to Shaun Stoddart, Pte. George Raynor's webpage was added, with thanks to Ric Raynor, and Pte. James Dainty was added to the In Memoriam, with thanks and welcome to Jon Dainty Sr.
Pte. Dainty brings the total number of men specifically remembered and represented by somebody today to 368 (that's 8% of the regiment).
Further update work is being done which will bring further biographies to the site in the next week or so. Many thanks, to all who have submitted material and biographies in the last few months, for your patience in the meantime.
26th December 2012
In welcoming Ric Raynor to the fold, Ric has supplied a biography for Pte. George Townsend Raynor. George's uncle was Ric's grandfather, so in keeping it all in the family, the biography supplied by Ric will be added via George Raynor's In Memoriam page entry shortly.
In similar vein, Shaun Stoddart has sent in an image of Pte. William Stoddart, Linda Heffernen has provided biographies for 3 further men of the 4th CMR buried at Thelus Military Cemetery who died in the action against Vimy Ridge in April 1917, and Craig Fisher has supplied a fantastic biography and image of L/Sgt. Leonard Sutton.
After unavoidable delay, these valuable updates will be added to the website very shortly. In thanking the above, and all contributors and visitors to the site, here's to 2013 and all that it has in store for us. Lest we forget, may we yet learn.
17th November 2012
Thanks are extended to John Stephens for providing a biography and image of Sgt. Richard Wood, who was one of the too many lost in June 2nd, 1916's "Battle for Mount Sorrel". Richard was John's father's half-brother, and joins Ken Wood, John's half cousin, who was already representing Sgt. Richard Wood on the In Memoriam page.
10th November 2012
As we approach November 11th once again, a time to remember and reflect, and to wonder whether we have yet learned, 4cmr.com is pleased to welcome Dianne Sedore-McCoy, granddaughter to Pte. Rodney Clarke Newton, who was taken POW on June 2nd, 1916 - the 4CMR's darkest day at the outset of the "Battle for Mount Sorrel". Rodney survived to be repatriated in late November 1918, and was first remembered here in 2010 by researcher Art Hubbs.
2nd November 2012
Welcomes are extended by 4cmr.com to:
Bob Richards for representing Pte. Fred Conbeer, who was taken POW on November 5th, 1918 - whilst questions remain concerning his subsequent time in captivity, for the time being his passing date is formally recorded as the same date;
Craig Fisher representing L/Sgt. Leonard Sutton, who died amidst the nightmare of June 2nd 1916's "Battle for Mount Sorrel".
28th October 2012
Thanks are extended to Lynn Matthison for the biography of Pte. Fred Wilson, whose actions prior to his own fatal accident on July 10th, 1918, saved the lives of those around him. A story of extraordinary selflessness.
Also, as a timely reminder, the Faces of Holzminden project is a book currently in development, which vividly illuminates the fascinating lives of the men of Holzminden; the notoriously inescapable German POW camp for officers, located in Lower Saxony, Germany. Determined not to be defined by their prison experiences, many detainees went on to forge blazing careers as captains of industry, inventors, artists, poets, teachers, aviators and businessmen; even a Hollywood director.
As previously encouraged here before, if you have a relative or research subject who, as a Canadian servicemen, was held at Holzminden in WW1, please do visit the above website and via their Contacts page do drop author Jacqueline Cook or Ross Thomas a line. 4cmr.com has supported this project from its early days, and would strongly encourage you to make contact with Jacqueline or Ross if you can provide details on any Holzminden detainees.
19th October 2012
In a much overdue update adding the following entries to the In Memoriam page, 4cmr.com extends warm welcomes to:
Neil Ducas, representing L/Cpl John Ferguson Burns Kyle, who passed away November 2nd 1917, having received serious wounds in the action at Passchendaele on October 26th;
Linda Heffernan, representing Sgt. John Bonham, lost at Passchendaele in April 1917;
David Archer, representing Pte. Charles Ball, who was lost in the "Battle for Mount Sorrel" near Ypres on June 2nd, 1916;
George Auer, representing Capt. John Dobie, who fell near Boiry in the "Second Battle of Arras", on August 28th, 1918, and Pte. Thomas Devine, who was severely injured near Houdain in late Jaunary 1918, and who subsequently passed away due to complications as a result of that wounding in September 1922;
Ian Wright, representing Pte. William Heywood, who, having been one of the lucky few to survive June 2nd, 1916's "Battle for Mount Sorrel", was subsequently taken POW, but survived the the duration of the war;
Reg & Lynn Matthison, representing L/Cpl Charles Matthison and Pte. Fred Wilson, the former being wounded by a fatal grenade accident initiated by the latter.