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 3, 1914

Newcastle Daily Journal

Westminster Chambers,
Station Parade, Harrogate.

Sir, – May I venture on your space re the Sportsman Battalion? This is the only battalion sanctioned by the War Office for men between 25 and 45 years of age. The men must be perfectly fit in every way, and will be only taken on for active service at Army rates of pay.

All recruits will have to present themselves in London on October 9th next. Will those wishing to join please call – not write – at above address and sign necessary papers not later than October 7th, as all papers must leave here by that date? This is a splendid opportunity given to our sportsman to show his loyalty at an age that would otherwise debar him.

As the battalion is fast filling up only a quick response will secure a place. Recruiting hours, 11 to 1, and 2.30 to 5p.m.

2nd October, 1914.          FRED KELLEY.

Sheffield Evening Telegraph


Applications to join the Sportsman’s Battalion which is recruiting at the Hotel Cecil, continue to flow in but there still remain a few vacancies.

Among the most recent recruits as privates are a champion sculler of Australia, a well-known M. F. H., and several cricketers of repute.

“Nearly all the men want commissions,” it was stated to-day. “We are rather crushed out with officers. We rather want a few privates. Ex-officer, however, are willing to serve in the ranks.”

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