Come on, Boys! Join the Irish Canadian Rangers Overseas Battalion


This World War I recruitment poster for the Irish Canadian Rangers 199th Overseas Battalion shows a smiling soldier with shamrocks in his hand, cap, and gun barrel, walking along an Irish country road. The insignia of the battalion and its motto, Quis separabit, are in the upper left of the poster. The name of the commanding officer, Lieutenant-Colonel H.J. Trihey, and the address of the recruitment office are listed at the bottom. With the onset of war, many Irish immigrants to Canada volunteered to serve in the Canadian armed forces. To assist with recruitment, the Canadian government established this purely Irish 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 Governor-General of Canada, the rangers sailed for Europe in December 1916 and made a triumphal tour of Ireland in January–February 1917. The Irish-Canadians then were sent to France. The battalion never fought as a unit, however; instead its men were used to replace soldiers killed or wounded in other Canadian units fighting on the Western front. On May 17, 1917, the battalion was absorbed into the 23rd Reserve Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force.

Publication Information

Montreal Lithographic Company Limited, Montreal, Canada


Type of Item

Physical Description

1 print (poster) : lithograph, color ; 104 x 70 centimeters



  1. The Irish-Canadian Rangers (Montreal: Gazette Printing Company, 1916).

Last updated: February 10, 2014