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 29, 1914

Dundee Evening Telegraph

The Sportsmen’s Battalion.

The Sportsmen’s Battalion is calling for three or four pipers, and although Dundee and district have provided a goodly number of masters of the war pipes it should be possible to get another quartette of pipers for this crack corps. There seems to be an idea that the Sportsman’s Battalion is composed of millionaires. But this is erroneous. There are wealthy men serving as privates in the corps. but there are professional men, and men who have hurried home from distant lands and have given up good positions and incomes in order to join the Sportsmen’s Battalion. All that is asked for is that recruits shall be fit men and “white men” – that is men who will make good pals and be prepared to train and when the time comes, as it will come soon, to do their bit. The Dundonian member of the S.B. who is in Dundee is ready to give full information concerning the corps.

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