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!

December 11, 1914

Hull Daily Mail


The Rev Frank Edwards, who passed at Hull City Hall Recruiting Depot for enrolment in the 2nd Sportsmen’s Battalion being formed in London, for service at the front, is identified with all sorts of sports. He is a good all-round athlete, and has played football with several well-known teams in Wales, and in his regimental team. A native of South Wales, he became associated with the South Wales Borderers, with which he served as chaplain during the South African War. He had the distinction of being appointed captain on the field by Lord Roberts, the Commander-in-Chief, a signal honour, for bravery when acting on despatch duty. He has passed the medical test at Hull, and will now present himself in London at the headquarters of the Battalion, which is composed of University men, big game hunters, and men who have been connected with sports of different kinds. The London Sportsmen’s Battalions are stated to have been granted by the War Office an extension of the age limit. The Rev Frank Edwards has been in charge of Brunswick Wesleyan Church, Hull for over two years.

Hull City Hall was opened for recruiting on September 4, 1914.

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