Superb vintage WW1 recruitment poster imploring the young men of Ireland to join the British Army.The poster depicts a lone piper with the famous mascot of the Royal Irish Regiment ,an Irish Wolfhound.
47cm x 38cm Nenagh Co Tipperary
The British Army was a volunteer force when war broke out in 1914, and within weeks thousands of Irishmen had signed up to serve ‘King and Country’.
Ireland had a strong military tradition in the British armed forces, dating back to at least the early 1500s, and when war was declared on August 4, 1914, there were some 20,000 Irishmen already serving from a total army strength of some 247,000.
In addition, there were another 30,000 in the first-line reserve, from a total of 145,000.
But more were quickly needed. Secretary for War Lord Kitchener told the British cabinet that it would be a three-year conflict requiring at least one million men, meaning a recruitment drive was immediately undertaken.
Posters quickly appeared across the country, focused on attracting men from all background
Some appealed to a sense of duty and honour, but appeared to be aimed at British-born nationals rather than Irishmen.