Britishers, You're Needed--Come Across Now
Lloyd Myers, 1917



This 1917 recruiting poster by artist Lloyd Meyers was directed at the approximately 500,000 British subjects (including Canadians, Australians, and others) who were resident in the United States during the war. Prior to 1917, US law had prevented foreign governments from recruiting for their armies in the US, and President Woodrow Wilson’s neutrality policy had reinforced this ban. However, American entry into the war on the allied side in the spring of 1917 brought about a Congressional exception, which spawned the ‘British and Canadian Recruiting Mission’. In all, some 30,000 men resident in the US were enlisted into the Canadian Expeditionary Force, with a further 7,000 plus opting to join the British or Australian forces in 1917 and 1918.