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!

October 22, 1914

The Huntington Herald

A sportsman’s battalion of 1,300 members is a unique English organisation to be made up exclusively of men of gentle birth between forty and forty-five, and to include fox hunters, grouse shooters, golfers and cricket players.

The Times


To-morrow afternoon an AT Home will be given by Mr. and Mrs. Cunliffe-Owen at the new quarters of the Sportsman’s Battalion, Royal Fusiliers, at the Grey Towers, Hornchurch, Essex.

Mr. Frank Gordon Geiger, of Southwick-street, Hyde Park, who has joined the battalion, has lent Almers, Chertsey, as a base hospital for the corps. Mr. Geiger and his friends will provide the equipment.



The anniversary of Trafalgar was celebrated in London yesterday. […] The lately enrolled Sportsman’s Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers evoked great enthusiasm by singing “Rule, Brittania” as they marched past the Column.

The Sportsman’s Battalion on Trafalgar Day.

Aberdeen Daily Journal

Call to Sportsmen.

Captain Westhead, of the Sportsman’s Battalion of the City of London Royal Fusiliers, was in attendance at the Palace Hotel, Aberdeen, yesterday for the purpose of enlisting recruits for the regiment. He appeals to all classes of sportsmen and men of good education, as the unit will be asked to carry out special functions. Ghillies are specially invited to join the battalion. There was a gratifying response yesterday, and recruits of excellent physique were obtained. Captain Westhead will be in attendance at the Palace Hotel again today.

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