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 28, 1914

Dundee Evening Telegraph

The Sportsmen’s Battalion.

A Dundonian who has hurried home from India to do his bit in the big struggle is to visit Dundee this week to engage in recruiting for the Sportsmen’s Battalion. Fit men not over 45 years of age are eligible for this special corps, of which Lord Maitland is the leader, and Dundee should provide some good sportsmen fit for active service in a crack corps. One of Lord Kinnaird’s gamekeepers has joined the battalion to serve as piper and fighter.

Arthur Kinnaird, 11th Lord Kinnaird, was President of the Football Association for 33 years, and played competitive cricket past his fiftieth birthday. He lost two sons in the First World War.

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