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 29, 1914

Birmingham Daily Post

All being well the Sportsman’s Battalion, attached to the Royal Fusiliers leave London on Tuesday next. Many well-known men in sporting circles have joined, notable figures being Sir William Cooke (owner of Hornet’s Beauty), Ernie Hayes, W. Hitch, A. Sandham, J. Hendren, Frank Smith (cricketers), Dave Fenton (walker), W. Albany, J. Wingate (scullers), Clarence Little and J. Barr (Canadian baseball players), and R. B. Day (the famous half-miler).

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