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 29, 1914

London Standard


To clear up any misunderstanding that may have lately occurred as to the standing of the Sportsmen’s Battalion, it is stated that it was originally sanctioned by Lord Kitchener. At an interview yesterday at the Horse Guards General Adye, the officer commanding the Eastern Command, gave instructions to Mr. E. Cunliffe-Owen, the chief recruiting officer of the Sportsmen’s Battalion, with regard to its control. Directly its full complement has been reached and passed it becomes a unit of the Regular Army.

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