'Smart Irishmen Wanted for HM Irish Regiment of Foot Guards'
Coloured chromolithograph recruiting poster after Black. Published by HM's Stationery Office, 1927.
The Irish Guards were raised by order of Queen Victoria on 1 April 1900 in recognition of the bravery of Irish soldiers who were then serving in South Africa during the Boer War (1899-1902). The cadre of the new regiment consisted of around 200 men of Irish descent who transferred from the Grenadier Guards.
This recruiting poster includes three vignettes showing a smart guardsman on sentry duty, a sports arena and a drummer boy with the regimental mascot, an Irish wolfhound.
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