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 24, 1914

The Times

The Sportsmen’s Battalion is recruiting briskly at the Hotel Cecil. A well-known K.C.M.G., the possessor of three medals with five clasps, offered his services as an ordinary private, and other well-known sportsmen and explorers have presented themselves. A young Belgian nobleman, a hunter, has asked to be allowed to join. A good many retired officers are coming forward. Mr. Cunliffe-Owen is the chief recruiting officer.

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