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 23, 1914

London Evening News


Among recruits who have offered to join the Sportsman’s Battalion, which is recruiting at the Indian Room at the Hotel Cecil, is a young Belgian nobleman who wrote offering to enlist.

He was not able to join his own army owing to the want of equipment, and offered to serve as interpreter in the Sportsman’s Battalion.

There are numbers of sportsmen who are unable to take active service in his Majesty’s forces, or to serve in the Sportsman’s Battalion, but it is hoped that any such will kindly communicate any suggestions or offers of help to Mr. E. Cunliffe Owen, the chief recruiting officer, a the Hotel Cecil, W.C.

The age limit is forty-five, and the battalion is not one for rich men only.

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