Fight for Her. Come with the Irish Canadian Rangers Overseas Battalion, Montreal


In World War I, many Irish immigrants to Canada volunteered to serve in the Canadian armed forces. To assist with recruitment, the Canadian government established a purely Irish battalion, the Irish Canadian Rangers 199th Overseas Battalion. Based in Montreal, the unit began signing up volunteers in the winter of 1915–16. Also known as the Duchess of Connaught's Own Irish Rangers, after their royal patron, wife of Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and the governor-general of Canada, the rangers sailed for Europe in December 1916, and made a triumphal tour of Ireland in January–February 1917. This 1915 recruitment poster from Toronto shows a woman seated, in profile, patterned on the painting Arrangement in Grey and Black (commonly called Whistler's Mother) by the American artist James McNeill Whistler (1834–1903). The name of the battalion’s commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel H.J. Trihey, appears at the bottom. The poster is by Hal Ross Perrigard (1891–1960), a noted Canadian painter and illustrator. Perrigard was born in Montreal, studied at the Royal Canadian Academy School in Montreal, and was a member of the Royal Canadian Academy.

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