199th Battalion Duchess of Connaught's Own Irish Rangers, CEF: Difference between revisions

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==History==
The battalion was founded by the Canadian armed forces to improve their recruitment success by having an all [[Irish people|Irish]] regiment. They were also called the "Duchess of Connaught's Own Irish Rangers," as a tribute to [[Princess Louise Margaret of Prussia|Princess Louise Margaret, the Duchess of Connaught and Strathearn]], who funded the battalion. Based in [[Montreal]], [[Quebec]], the unit began recruiting during the winter of 1915/16 in that city.<ref name="WDL">{{cite web |url = http://www.wdl.org/en/item/4535/ |title = All in One with the Irish Canadian Rangers 199th Overseas Battalion |website = [[World Digital Library]] |date = 1914–1918 |accessdate = 2013-08-03 }}</ref>
 
After sailing to England in December 1916, the battalion was sent on a tour of Ireland at the request of the Colonial Secretary, the Canadian-born [[Andrew Bonar Law]].<ref>{{cite journal |last1=Burns |first1=Robin B. |title=The Montreal Irish and the Great War |journal=CCHA Historical Studies |date=1985 |volume=52 |pages=67-81 |url=http://www.umanitoba.ca/colleges/st_pauls/ccha/Back%20Issues/CCHA1985/Burns.pdf |accessdate=13 October 2020}}</ref><ref>{{cite book |last1=Drysdale |first1=A. M. |title=Canada to Ireland: The Visit of "The Duchess of Connaught's Own" |date=1917 |publisher=T. Fisher Unwin |url=http://data2.archives.ca/e/e443/e011073579.pdf |accessdate=13 October 2020}}</ref> On its return to England, the battalion was absorbed into the [[23rd Reserve Battalion, CEF]] on May 11, 1917.