Forward! To Victory with the 245 Overseas Canadian Grenadier Guards Battalion


This World War I recruiting poster from Canada shows soldiers charging forward under the number “245,” and urges men to enlist in the “245th Overseas Canadian Grenadier Guards Battalion.” The text at the bottom of the poster gives the name of the commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel C.C. Ballantyne, and lists the address of the armory in Montreal that served as the recruiting base for the battalion. When the war broke out in August 1914, Canada immediately offered to send troops to Europe to fight alongside the British army and began building up its armed forces. Minister of Militia and Defence Colonel Sam Hughes chose to organize volunteers into consecutively numbered battalions. The first contingent of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, which sailed for Europe on October 3, 1914, consisted of the 1st to 17th battalions, plus the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, a prime unit of the Canadian regular army. Once in Europe, the battalions were grouped into brigades and divisions. By the end of the war, the Canadian army included 260 numbered battalions.

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Montreal Lithograph Company Limited, Montreal, Canada


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1 print (poster) : offset lithograph, color ; 106 x 71 centimeters



  1. G.W.L. Nicholson, Canadian Expeditionary Force, 1914-1919 (Ottawa: Department of National Defence, 1962).

Last updated: February 10, 2014