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 26, 1914

Glasgow Daily Record



The improvement of the recruiting figures in Glasgow is being maintained, and the modification of the standard now announced by the authorities will no doubt result in a still further boom.

To-day and to-morrow Captain Westhead, recruiting officer for Scotland of the Sportsmen’s Battalion of the City of London Royal Fusiliers, will be in attendance at the Central Station Hotel, Glasgow, to enrol recruits for this unit.

The Sportsmen’s Battalion will appeal to a special class, and its functions during the war will be of a nature which, while enhancing its efficiency, will be most congenial to the class from which its recruits have been drawn,

This is the only unit for which Lord Kitchener has authorized an extension of the age limit, and men will be accepted up to 45 years of age. Members of the legal and clerical professions are specially invited to join, but the appeal is made to me of all classes.

The height standard for the unit is 5ft. 6in., and the chest measurement standard is 35½ in. Over £10,000 has been raised for the equipment of this battalion, which is under the command of a distinguished Scotsman in Colonel Viscount Maitland.

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