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 2, 1914

Hull Daily Mail


The 1st Sportsman’s Battalion, Royal Fusiliers, being now in camp, and having been pronounced by a prominent military authority as “second to none in Lord Kitchener’s Army,” Mr and Mrs Cunliffe-Owen have been officially authorised to raise a Second Battalion. It affords a splendid opportunity to sportsmen, University men, and old public school boys to join the Colours.

Those willing to join from any part of the United Kingdom can do so without difficulty and without the expense of coming to London if the following instructions are carefully carried out:

Applications should first be made personally or in writing to E. Cunliffe-Owen, C.M.G., Chief Recruiting Officer, Hotel Cecil, Strand, London W.C. for an enrolment form. The age limit is 19-45, the minimum chest measurement 35½ inches, and the minimum height 5ft 5ins. Assistance is heartily invited from any of the public, whether able to join or not.

Donations will be gratefully acknowledged. Cheques should be made payable to E. Cunliffe-Owen, Sportsman’s Battalion, and crossed National Provincial Bank, South Audley-street. All amounts will be publicly acknowledged through the Press.

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