A record of the Sportsman's Battalions during the First World War, including a database of soldiers who enlisted in - or served with - the 23rd, 24th and 30th Royal Fusiliers, originally raised by Mrs. Emma Cunliffe-Owen in September 1914. If you have any questions or comments, please send to fmsketches@macbrem.com, thanks!

September 17, 1914

Daily Mirror


Boom of Recruiting in Ireland – Sportsmen’s and Athletes’ Battalion.

The class of recruits attracted to the colours is better than ever. The raising of the height standard has perhaps steadies the flow of men a little but it has improved the material.

There is a movement on foot, organized by Mr. Edward Cunliffe Owen, C.M.G., to form a special sportsmen’s battalion, and a call has been issued to sportsmen and athletes generally to supply 1,300 men.

Recruiting for this battalion is going on briskly at the Indian Room, Hotel Cecil, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. All sportsmen and athletes who have not yet joined the colours are asked to join at once.

Evening Standard


Recruiting is going on strongly for the Special Sportsman’s Battalion, which is being organized under the direction of Mr. Edward Cunliffe-Owen. The corps, of which Lord Kitchener has approved, will be 1300 strong, and consist of men used to hunting, shooting and outdoor sport; no others are eligible. The age limit is 45. The recruiting office is at the Indian Room, Hotel Cecil.

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