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!

November 25, 1914

London Evening News


Although War Office sanction for a second Sportsman’s Battalion was only received on Saturday[1], two hundred men have already applied for enrolment at the headquarters at the Hotel Cecil.

The first battalion are now in huts at Hornchurch, which is called the “show camp of Great Britain.”

The estate upon which the men are encamped was a private park of eighty-five acres, including a mansion, which is now the officers’ quarters.

This place was owned by the father of the battalion’s first recruit[2], and Mrs. Cunliffe Owen, who was the originator of the battalion, got permission for the men to encamp there.

[1] Saturday, November 21st, 1914

[2] Capt. Stanley Holmes

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