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 22, 1914

Yorkshire Telegraph


The Sportsmen’s Battalion, nick-named the “Hard-as-Nails Corps,” is recruiting briskly. So heavy are the applications that difficulty is experienced in dealing with the recruits.

A well-known K.C.M.G was amongst those who offered their services to-day. He was willing to enlist as an ordinary private.

KCMG = Knight Commander, Order of St Michael and St George

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