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 19, 1914

Newcastle Journal


An infantry battalion of sporting gentlemen up to 45 years of age is being raise by Mr E. Cunliffe Owen, son of the late Colonel Cunliffe Owen, V.C., Royal Engineers. Already 600 applications have been received, including doctors, consulting engineers, and stockbrokers, in addition to many sporting men of leisure.

Tamworth Herald

The Mayor has also received from Col. G. Cunliffe-Owen, Hotel Cecil, London, a letter requesting him to make known that recruits are wanted for a Private Battalion of 1,300 men up to the age of 45, and that funds are needed for equipping the Battalion.

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