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!

January 30, 1915

Falkirk Herald


For the ROYAL FUSILIERS, 1st SPORTSMAN’S BATTALION. Age, 45; Height 5ft. 6in. A Representative will attend. TO-DAY (SATURDAY), at CROWN HOTEL, FALKIRK, between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.

God Save the King.

Daily Express


Mrs. Cunliffe-Owen, “chief recruiting officer of the Sportsman’s Battalions, writes to the “Daily Express” that “men joining this battalion in future will be expected to pay a minimum of three guineas and be of the upper and middle classes.”

We would like to ask : —
(1) Why pay at all?
(2) Why this snobbery?
(3) What has Lord Kitchener to say to this form of recruiting?

The First Sportsman’s Gazette – No. 6


I made up my mind as soon as the Battalion was formed to join, and here I am. I can tell you its quite a different game to cricket. Charlie Blythe, the Kent Cricketer, was telling us at Black- heath that we should all be soldiers before Christmas and you see that most of the county cricketers have joined the colours, Blythe himself having joined the Kent Garrison Artillery, and several of the Kent cricketers are with him. We have Hayes, Sandham, and the two Hendrens here, and several other well-known cricketers. Indeed, I think we could find a cricket XI. among the members of the Sportsman’s Battalion which could give some of the counties quite a good game. I myself was looking forward to a good time in Ceylon, where I was going coaching, Hayes was going to India, Sandham to Africa, but everything was cancelled owing to the war, which I hope will soon be ended, so that we can once more proceed with our National Sport.



Notes concerning members of the Sportsman's Battalion.

Bagshaw, W, E, D. (Private).—Son of the Rev. W. S. Bagshaw, late rector of Little Gidding, Huntingdonshire. Educated at Oundle School, Northants, afterwards emigrating to Canada, where he became experienced in every branch of Canadian farming. Returned to England in 1895. Has always been a keen follower of sport. At school he gained the first eleven colours both for football and cricket. Later life became a member of the Northamptonshire County Cricket Club, and captained the Peterborough Town Cricket Club for ten years.

Bevan, T. (Private).—Hydraulic and alluvial mining engineer. Lived for 13 years in the Republic of Columbia, South America, where he witnessed two revolutions. Has conducted five exploring expeditions to different quarters of the globe, on one of which he discovered the only diamond property in the West Coast of Africa. Private Bevan was for six years a pioneer farmer in Manitoba, at a time when the Canadian Pacific Railway only extended as far as Winnipeg. At the present moment his son, who was serving in the King’s Own Regiment, and was reported “wounded and missing,” early in the war was a prisoner at Crefelt in Germany. Private Bevan's passion is exploration in wild countries. He has been three times into the interior of Dutch Guiana, and has done much pioneer work in Liberia and on the French Ivory Coast.

Borwick, A. (Private).—Brother of Leonard Borwick, one of the finest amateur pianists in England. Was educated at Blackheath and Wellington. Has travelled very extensively on the Continent. Is very keen on fishing, and is fond of all kinds of sport. He is renowned for his efficiency at orderly duties.

Buchan, W. G. (Private).—A “Stalwart Scottie.” Was for five years in Canada in various occupations, lumbering, mining, railroad work, and in construction camps. He is an engineer by profession. His sports are Rugger and golf.

Butler, Hon. B. D. (Private).—Youngest son of the Earl of Lanesborough. Fond of all kinds of sport. Scratch golfer, ex-amateur champion of Sussex. Keen cricketer, member of M.C.C. and I. Zingari, and had a few of the best months of his life big game shooting in India and Kashmir.

Curle, J. H. (Private).—(St. Andrew’s and Trinity Hall). Mining Engineer and Mine Valuer. Has inspected over 500 mines in some forty countries. Was a member of the Johannesburg force during the Jameson Raid, and narrowly escaped the investments of Kimberley, Ladysmith, and Port Arthur. He is a Scotsman, forty-four years old, and is supposed to be the most widely travelled man on record. Has written “The Gold Mines of the World,” and “The Shadow Show.”

Denis-Turner (Private).—Educated at Tonbridge School. Scholar of Pembroke College, Cambridge. Private tutor. Contributor to well-known periodicals, including Punch, The Onlooker, etc. Author of “Fabulous Fables.” Interested in beagles. Allround sportsman.

Harris, F. (Private).—Nephew of the late General Harris, a distinguished officer of the Indian Mutiny. Financial journalist and stock broker in South Africa, where he first went at the age of 18 years. Educated at the Naval College, Southsea. Was one of the first members of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Has met Kruger many times. Served through the South African War with General Buller’s column. Was present at Spion Kop, Vaal Kranz, and the Relief of Ladysmith. There contracted enteric and was in Pietermaritzburg Hospital for two months, subsequently being invalided home. Rides and shoots well. Of his two sons, one is an officer in the Royal Naval Flying Corps, and the other is a private in Kitchener’s Army, having thrown up a lucrative position at Tampico, Mexico.

Hitch, J. W. (Private).—Surrey and All-England cricketer. Born at Radcliffe in Lancashire in 1886. First county match for Surrey v. Hampshire, May, 1906. Toured in Australia with P. F. Warner’s team, 1911—12. Has played in Triangular tests, England and Australia, and taken over 1,000 wickets for Surrey. At the present moment is undoubtedly the fastest bowler in England.

Keevil, C. H. Case—(Sergeant).—Yeoman farmer hailing from Wiltshire. Has travelled much in Africa, chiefly big-game hunting. Went through the South African Campaign with the 8th division, contracted enteric, was invalided home, and discharged as unfit for further military service. He rejoined the colours, however, a fortnight later. Sergeant Keevil is an all-round sportsman, plays cricket and football, swims well, and is particularly interested in machine-gun work, having been attached to a machine-gun section for twelve months.

Kendall, Richard (Private).—A Londoner by birth; is a brother of Miss Marie Kendall, the celebrated comedienne. Also a music hall artiste, specialising in character studies. Private Kendall has danced a great deal before the public, and was one of the early pioneers of Tango dancing. He was fulfilling an engagement in Vienna just before the outbreak of the war. Besides being a dancer he is an expert skater, having been private instructor in the art to the Duchess of Cumberland. Has travelled extensively in Europe and America, but for the last five years has toured almost exclusively on the Continent. While in Germany he had the unique experience of being interned in a German prison for thrashing a German subject who had deliberately insulted the British Flag.

Mance, H. G. (Acting Quartermaster-Sergeant).— Accountant. Sent out to Liberia by the Liberian Development Company as Bank Manager. Ultimately entered the Customs’ service under the Liberian Government, and held a commission in their army. For four years was colour-sergeant cyclist company, 4th Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment. Is an ardent cyclist, and has done a great deal of pacemaking for all the great racers.

Stobbs, J. H. H. (Quartermaster-Sergeant).—Railway and motor engineer. Was for 18 years in the 7th Hussars and 20th Hussars. On the Egyptian Army Staff as an engineer in the Sudan. Was Lieutenant and Quartermaster in the Colonial Horse and South African Light Horse, and accompanied General Buller’s column during the South African War, in which he was seriously wounded.

West, Wm. Chas. (Sergeant).—Has been fourteen years associated with the medical profession, ten of which have been spent with the medical officer, Dr. Hill. His chief hobby is scientific research, though he has found time for out-door sports, particularly shooting and following the Devon and Somerset Stag Hounds. As a marksman Sergeant West is no novice, for he is a winner of a prize at Bisley, while serving with the Middlesex Rifles Territorials, to which he belonged three years. Has travelled much in Spain and Portugal on behalf of the Admiralty Agency, and his adventures and experiences in these countries will (we are promised) be told in these pages.

Williams, P. A. (Private).—Was educated at Marlborough and the Royal Agricultural College. Has served in the Cape Mounted Rifles, South African Constabulary, and the Lancashire Fusiliers. Took part in the annexation of Pondoland. Went through the Langberg campaign, and the South African War, having received the Langberg Medal and the King’s and Queen’s South African medal. He has also received a badge for gallantry while serving in the South African Constabulary. Private Williams came from Ceylon, where he was engaged in tea planting, in order to join the Sportsman’s. His chief pastimes are cricket, shooting and polo.

Winchcombe, Frank (Private).—Chairman Greenwich Branch Junior Imperial League. Prime Minister Greenwich Parliament, well-known in Kent as “Pitcher.” Sports correspondent of the “Kentish Independent.” Member of big sports club at Woolwich. Captained his side at cricket, football, and running. Other hobbies tennis, hockey and golf. Had offer of a commission in the R.F.A. before joining Sportsman’s Battalion.


By kind invitation of Mr. G. F. Vincent a party from the Sportsman’s Battalion visited the Gidea Park Club on Saturday, 23rd January, where a most enjoyable evening was spent. The party included several officers, most of the Editorial Staff of the Gazette, and some other personal friends of Mr. Vincent. The function was in every way an unqualified success.


The Scotsmen of the Battalion assembled at the Drill Hall, Hornchurch, on the evening of Monday, 25th inst., to celebrate Burns’ anniversary by a “Tattie and Herrin’” Supper. Private Cochran was in the chair, and was supported by Col. Viscount Maitland, Lt.-Col. Gibbons, Major Richey, Capt. Inglis, and several other officers.

The proceedings opened with the singing of the first verse of the “Old Hundredth.” Then business began. The “Tatties and Herrins” made their appearance, and judging by the remarks made, they were of true, good, Scotch descent. Next came that mysterious dish—Haggis—brought in procession by the stewards, led by a piper.

The second part of the programme followed. Then the usual toasts, songs, and some recitations from Burns. Privates Howarth and Morris entertained the assembly with songs, among which were “Lea Rig,” “Robin was a roomy boy,” “Ye Banks and Braes,” and “Scots wha’ Hae.” Sergt. Gille sang “Gae bring to me a pint o’ wine.”

The feature of the evening, however, was Peter Cairne’s inimitable rendering of “Tam O’Shanter.” The health of the immortal poet was drunk in silence and was responded to by Pte. Watt.

Lieuts. Hillcoat and Thompson’s speeches were both short and to the point, the toast being “The Lassies o’ Scotland.”

The Colonel’s health was proposed by Private Cochran, and was given with musical honours. Lord Maitland, in responding, said that four points for an after-dinner speaker were—

(1) To be able to stand up. (2) To be able to speak. (3) To shut up. (4) To prepare to sit down.

The next toast was proposed by Pte. Cochran and was that of the 2nd in command, the Adjutant and Major Richey, and was responded to by Lt.-Col. Gibbons.

Finally the health of the chairman was proposed by the Colonel, and the proceedings terminated with a song by Pte. Morris.



On Thursday, January 20th, Sergeant Bamkin on behalf of his comrades in Hut 35, presented Private James Cullen, on the occasion of his marriage, with a silver cigarette case, suitably engraved. Sergeant Bamkin’s words were few but well-chosen. In responding the recipient thanked his many friends in the hut and the battalion generally, and declared that the gift was more than he either expected or deserved, having known them so short a time, and he would certainly value it as “one of his greatest treasures, second only to his wife,”


As shewn by the Snow Man.


2 Lownay Road, Southsea, Hants,  21st January, 1915.

Col. Lord Maitland, 23rd Service Battalion Royal Fusiliers, Hornchurch.

     I have the honour to ask you, the officers, non-commissioned officers, and men of the above Battalion, to be kind enough to accept my sincere apologies for my unsoldierlike behaviour during my 95 days’ service with you all. I feel deeply that I am not now still amongst you. You would do me the greatest favour, sir, if you would have copies of th|s posted up in the usual places within the Camp.

I have the honour to remain, Sir,                   
     Your humble servant,         
          GEO. W. FRASER.

Late Private Right Flank Company, of Sheddocksley, Aberdeenshire.


To Editor, “First Sportsman’s Gazette.”

     Will you allow me a few lines of space in their own journal to make an urgent appeal to the gallant “Sportsmen” at Grey Towers on behalf of the funds of the above institution, which has been already of such valuable service to the Battalion. Personally, as a patient who found in it a temporary haven in a painful ailment needing careful nursing, can speak with experience and gratitude of the kindly treatment so readily and generously given; and at the time of which 1 write there had been many other of my comrades in arms received in the hospital in cases of emergency during quite a short while, including one who was just recovering from a somewhat serious operation, and who can speak with me as to the invaluable aid given him towards recovery.
     And now I am sure have said sufficient to buck the “Sportsmen” up to doing something, say in the way of a concert, or a “round robin,” to add to the very inadequate funds at present at the disposal of the Cottage Hospital; for, let every man remember, fit and “hard-as-nails” as he may be now, there’s always the possibility of striking a bad patch of road and of a nail coming loose.
     Now then, Sports !



Dear Sir,
     May I, through the medium of the Regimental Gazette, protest at the increase of dogs in the camp? They have become a veritable nuisance, and I think something ought to be done to get rid of them. Dogs are essentially dirty and unhealthy animals— and are doubtless the means of bringing much infection into homes and places where they congregate.

I am, Sir,                   
Yours obediently,         

A BATTALION ASSOCIATION TEAM. (Played against the Officers).

KEY—Left to Right (standing)—Buxton, Aylward, Lewis, Harrison, Welford, Shayler, Monsieur X., Haigh, Fletcher.

Left to Right (sitting)—Picken, Glendenning, Williams, Bates, Pearce.



On January 23rd Brentford did not play the amateur team advertised, but put in their strongest eleven, in fact, the best team they have had out this season.

Unfortunately for the Sportsman’s, Higgin, the captain for the day, who is suffering from torn ligaments in his right leg, broke down soon after starting, and tried to play at outside right, but was evidently suffering much pain, and soon had to retire from the game altogether. Kirton was charged over against the goal-post and hurt; Clunas, our best forward, was badly kicked on the knee early in the second half. These injuries, with Lewis going lame, completed our misfortunes. The team was also much weakened through the illness of Lieut. Hayes and Private Owers, two of the best Battalion players. Brentford lost the toss and the Battalion team kicked off, nearly scoring in the first few minutes. Brentford, however, playing the one back game, upset their opponents forwards, the referee time after time giving them offside, and on three occasions when it was obvious to both teams and spectators his decisions were wrong.

The Battalion alter this could not seem to get going, and some of the players dropping out through injuries received, caused the game to be very onesided indeed.

The Brentford team were very fast and vigorous, playing exceedingly well, the backs kicking a good length, the forwards combining and giving our backs no rest. Littlewort and Rawlings showed fine form in defence, but it was of no avail, the Battalion being well beaten by 6 goals to 0. Other than those mentioned Hendren and Clunas alone showed the excellent form that has won the Sportsman’s so many matches.


This was played out on Sunday afternoon, January 24th, on the parade ground between the Right Flank and No. 2 Companies respectively. Captain Inglis kindly acted as referee.

The ground was in a wretched condition, in places being covered with snow and small lakes of water. It was more fit for a water polo match than football. Both sides took the field short of their regular players owing to injuries and sickness. Clunas and Atkinson from No. 2 Company and Higgin, Kirton and Fatt from the Right Flank Company, were the most notable of the absentees. Both teams, however, made the best of matters, and although the fine points of the game of football seen in the previous matches were missing, the players tried hard to make up for its loss by hard work and vigor.

To describe the game or players under such conditions would be unfair to both teams.

Right Flank Company did most of the attacking, Hughes, Bates and Stealey being perhaps the best. Bates scored Their only goal in the last minute of the game.

For No 2 Company Stilwell in goal, Hitch, Hendren and Sawden were the best, Hitch and Winchcombe doing the scoring. No. 2 Company eventually beat the Right Flank Company by 2 goals to 1 goal, and thus won the Cup.

It is worthy of note that No. 2 Company’s team included nine players from Hut 14.


Owing to the snowstorm on Friday last, the 22nd inst., the Rugby Football Match with the 17th Empire Battalion at Whythorpe had to be postponed. It is hoped, however,) to play the match on Saturday, the 6th prox.

Full information will be posted next week. For Saturday next, the 30th instant, the celebrated London Irish Football Club are bringing a team to Grey Towers, and it :is hoped all Rugby men will be present to give them a hearty reception. Ladies are specially invited. Kick off at 3.15 pun..

The following will represent the Battalion : —

Back—Pte. J. P. Farr. Three-quarters—Ptes. L. Williams, H. F. Wadham (Capt.), G. H. Salvesen, G. T. Franey. Half-Backs—Lieut. H. E. Taylor, Pte. P. R. Henri. Forwards—Capt. A. B. de Bourbel, Ptes. L. J. Sharland, W. J. Stretton, H. L. Lyster, G. V. Spurway, D. L. Clemetson, S. Thompson, J. M. Gilmour. Reserves—Ptes. Currie, Scott- Tucker. Referee—F. G. Harris.

The Hon. Treasurer, F. G. Harris, will be glad to receive subscriptions in Hut 13.

After the match the London Irish will be entertained to a “High Tea” and “Social” in Hut 13. Lieut. P. Suckling has kindly promised to preside.

All supporters of the Rugby Union will be cordially welcomed.


Quartermaster-Sergeant Stobbs has been transferred to the Army Service Corps (Mechanical Transport Section), as Acting Staff Sergeant.

We learn with regret that 2nd Lieut. Murray-Thompson is shortly leaving us in order to take up a commission as full Lieutenant in a popular Irish regiment.


Jerry Delaney is the present Light-weight (9 stones 9 lbs.) Champion of England, and one of the latest recruits to the First Sportsman’s. He is anxiously awaiting the return of Freddie Welsh so that he may box him for the championship of the world and the Lord Lonsdale Belt.

Delaney has taken part in thirty-three contests, and has won them all, mostly by the “short route.” Amongst the men he has fought are Ferdinand Quendreux, Light-weight Champion of France, Eugene Volair, Will Galley, Danny Hughes, Willie Farrell, Jack Ward, and Harry Stone of America, who was his last opponent at the National Sporting Club.

He is now matched to meet lack Denny of New Orleans, who has come to this country with a challenge to all English Light-weights, and the contest will take place, (with the kind permission of his Commanding Officer), at the National Sporting Club, on the 22nd of February next. Delaney is open to meet any man in the world at 9 stones 91bs. for £500 a side, and during his training here, if any men in the Battalion would like to box with him, he will be very pleased to meet them, as he is rather short of sparring partners. Those desiring fame in this direction are invited to hand their names to Pte. J. Jagger, Hut 13.


Which, although not in the Drill Book, may be of service to some of our recruits.

  • Always wear the same puttee on the same leg. Mark the puttees so that you may know the right one from the left.
  • To make a sleeping bag of your blanket fold it once and sew it down the side and along the bottom.
  • To take grease out of khaki cloth, smear the spot with mud, and when the mud has dried brush it off.
  • The best way of cleaning greasy mess tins when hot water is not available is to rub them with mud or a clod of turf. This absorbs the grease and the tins can be rinsed in cold water.
  • A good substitute for a button stick can be made from a piece of cardboard.
  • Unless you have been used to manual work, wear gloves while trench digging. They will save you blisters.
  • If you haven’t started wearing a body belt, don’t! The same applies to sleeping caps, mufflers, etc. They make you more susceptible to cold if worn when they are not wanted.
  • Change your socks often. Wear a thin pair under a thick pair. Change your right sock to your left foot and vice versa every other day.
  • To dry wet boots clear away all the mud, fill them as tightly as possible with newspaper, and hang them up.
  • Always carry some extra bootlaces with you.
  • Learn all the bugle calls as soon as you possibly can.
  • It is a good plan to carry an old sock, from which the foot has been cut away, in the haversack. You can pull it over the bolt of your rifle when you want to protect it from rain or dust.
  • When wearing full kit over an overcoat put a sock under the braces on each shoulder. This acts as a pad and prevents the straps from pressing into and hurting the shoulders.
  • If possible carry your clean clothes in a waterproof bag inside your kit-bag. Open transports are sometimes used for moving kits, and if it rains the waterproof bag will ensure a clean and dry change.
  • Attend to your rifle before you attend to yourself.
  • Leave unbuttoned the top button of your trousers while on a route march. You will feel much easier.
  • Don’t criticise orders given you. Carry them out. You will have plenty of scope for using your brains when carrying out the order. If you get what appears to you (a rotten order, carry it out as if it were the best one possible. The man who issued the order probably knows more about the game than you Bo. It is discipline that carries regiments through.


It has been decided that the Dramatic Entertainment, so kindly offered by Miss Taylor and her friends, as mentioned in our last issue, shall be given in the Drill Hall, Hornchurch, on the 2nd and 3rd of February, at 7.30 on each occasion.

The same programme will be given at the two performances, and will consist of three short plays: —

The Biter Bit," “The Bishop's Candlestick ,” and “Three Common People.”

Miss Stephanie Bell and Miss Moira from the “Peter Pan” caste at the Duke of York’s Theatre, London, will contribute dance and song items between the plays.

The charge for seats will be 1/6 reserved and 1 /- unreserved, and the proceeds will be given to the Battalion Benevolent Fund.

We hope that all the members of the Regiment will make a point of taking a ticket for one or other of the two evenings.

January 28, 1915

Toledo Blade


Woman’s Appeal Draws More Than 3,000 Into English Army.

London, Jan. 22 – Passengers on board the transatlantic liners need not be surprised if they are met at the pier here by recruiting officers for Mrs. Cunliffe-Owen’s Sportsman’s Battalions.” Polo players, tennis, cricket, football, and even baseball stars are joining with rowers, runners and boxing celebrities of the National Sporting Club, in responding to Mrs. Cunliffe-Owen’s appeal and needless to say these battalions, the first organized by a woman since Lady Gordon organized the Gordon Highlanders a hundred years ago, are getting on splendidly.

“Our call is being answered from far and near,” said Mrs. Cunliffe-Owen. “Incoming steamships from America bring us recruits and outgoing steamships carry our appeals for more. We have passed the three thousand mark, and Col. Viscount Maitland, commanding the First battalion, and Col. A de B. V. Page, commanding the Second, are greatly pleased.

Kitchener Approves Plan.

“The idea of forming the Sportsman’s Battalion occurred to me while I was on a shopping tour in Bond Street. I informed Lord Kitchener of it and he approved at once. Since then I have been at work every minute in the organization. Yes, it is quite true that I personally see every recruit and give my personal attention to every detail of our camps at Hare Hall and Romford, in Essex.

“See this rubber coat, for example. I have just ordered many of them at a good bargain. They are for practicing trench digging. I can’t have my men get soaking wet.”

Mrs. Cunliffe-Owwen explained that her love of outdoor life, before a severe illness last year, caused her to think of lovers of sport for her battalions. She how has to be wheeled about the camps in an arm chair, but she gets everywhere and finds time for her executive duties at headquarters besides.

Both Viscount Maitland and Col. Paget are member of the king’s bodyguard. The former was mentioned in despatches in the South African war, is a fine shot and one of the foremost billiard players in the country. Col. Paget commanded the Second battalion of the Durham light infantry, which was renowned for sport during its tour in India. Its polo team won everything before it four years in succession.

Imposing List of Recruits.

There is a spirit of democracy among all the sporting celebrities who have enlisted, boxers of local fame at the National Sporting Club fraternizing with polo players and college cricket champions.

Among those who have already enlisted are: W. Burlton Stuart, well known polo player; Reginald Cooper, big game hunter; P. G. Sadd, captain of the Burton Rugby football team and middleweight champion of the Midland counties; William H. Denton, skater, runner, boxing champion and swimmer and a son of “Charley” Mitchell, boxer; C. P. McGahey, formerly captain of the Essex cricket eleven; McIvor Jackson, the Surrey cricketer; Harry Packer, Welsh Rugby, forward; Lewis R. Lewis, Welsh international player; Robert M. Miles, captain of Pembroke college Cambridge cricket and football teams; “Jack” Cartmell, the Brentford football player, and E Henderson, the Middlesex cricketer.

Sir William Cooke, owner of Hornets Beauty, Gravelotte and other famous race horses, has enlisted as a private; S. Smith, formerly champion runner, has enlisted, and others who have joined include W. Albany, D. G. Cordery, T. Wingate and T. Robinson, the well known professional oarsmen.

Aberdeen Evening Express


Scottish Centres Compared.

There was again a heavy list of recruits at Castlehill Barracks, Aberdeen, yesterday. The 2nd Reserve Field Company of the Royal Engineers received an addition of about half a dozen men. This morning there were four enlistments in the city Territorial reserve battalion of the Gordon Highlanders, and the aggregate of recruits for the Naval Brigade (Aberdeen company) is mounting steadily.

The men who joined Kitchener’s Army numbered 13, as follows: --

William Watson – Banff (Army Service Corps).
William Bruce – Fraserburgh (Army Service Corps).
William Gilbert – Tough. (Army Service Corps).
Alexander Scorgie – Perty (Army Service Corps).
Matthew Gordon – Alford (Gordon Highlanders).
George Bonar – Peterhead (Army Service Corps).
Alexander Robertson – Logierart (Sportsman’s Battalion).
Robert Smith – Drumoak (Royal Engineers).
George C. Maitland – Peterhead (Army Service Corps).
Frederick B. Peddie – Peterhead (Army Service Corps).
Henry W. Johnson – Zetland (Scots Guards).
William Laird – Metbliek (Gordon Highlanders).
Jacob Carle – Fraserburgh (Army Service Corps).

January 23, 1915

Birmingham Evening Despatch


Display of Boxing and Appeal for Recruits.

At the Drill Hall, Stoney Lane-lane, Sparkbrook, on Monday night, 15 February, Sergt. P. G. Sadd and Pte. C. Mitchell, of the 2nd Sportsman’s Battalion, Royal Fusiliers, will give an exhibition of boxing, and afterwards Sergt. Sadd will address the audience and appeal for recruits for the battalion.

Sergt. P. G. Sadd was middle-weight champion of the Midland Counties 1913-14 and for three years was captain of the Burton Rugby football team. Pte. C. Mitchell, son of the famous Charley Mitchell, is an extremely clever boxer.

Mrs. Cunliffe-Owen, to whom the raising of these battalions is wholly due, intends to travel down from London specially to be present, so does Capt. Enderby, the Adjutant, Mr. Hamilton Adams, the trustee of the battalions, and various senior officers of the “Second Sportsman’s.” The exhibition is in aid of the relief of distress among dependants of men serving with the 3rd South Midland Brigade, R.F.A. and is under the patronage of the Lord Mayor.

The Sportsmen of the upper and middle classes who are under forty-five and fit are invited to apply to the Chief Recruiting Officer of the 2nd Sportsman’s Battalion, Hotel Cecil, Strand. They can fill up their enrolment form, and can be medically examined and attested at their nearest recruiting station without the trouble of going to London.

The corps need to not interfere with the formation of any other, as the two Sportsman’s Battalions are the only corps in the Army for which the age limit has been specially extended to forty-five, thus giving them the advantage of seven years in age over all others. The Sportsman’s Battalion includes some of the most famous cricketers, football players, golfers, and big game hunters of the day. Friends are especially invited to join together; every effort will be made, not only to keep them in the same company, and train them together, but to have them living in the same hut.

The First Sportsman’s Gazette – No. 5


The concert held by the above Society at the Drill Hall, Hornchurch, last Tuesday, was a distinct success. The Programme was given almost entirely by members of the Sportsman's Battalion. The Regimental Band, ably conducted by Sergt. Thompson, was a very welcome addition, and judging by the applause was much appreciated by the large audience, especially the Piccolo Solo. Miss Kathleen Laud looked very1 fetching as a Spanish Maiden, and danced in a very sprightly manner. Lance-CorpL Wharton provided the comic turns in his usual inimitable style. The Tango Tea was greeted by the audience with roars of laughter, and his “Potted Bacon" was considered by the Sportsmen immensely superior to “Bully beef." Lance-Corpl. Pearce described in the programme as a card manipulator produced cards from various parts of his anatomy in a most unexpected manner, and if he can extract money from an empty pocket in the same way Rockefeller must certainly look to his laurels. Sergt. Noyes related some amusing American stories with the correct accent. Corpl. Gille, Ptes. Davey, Moir, Howarth, Steele, Morris, all contributed towards making the evening a most enjoyable one.


Notes concerning members of the Sportsman’s Battalion.

Albany, W. (Private).—World-famous professional sculler. Since 1907 has been a member of the Britannia Rowing Club, which is affiliated to the National Amateur Rowing Association. Carried all before him during his first two years as an amateur, winning every event in connection with the N.A.R.A., and thus justifying his adopting sculling as a profession. Albany, as all the world knows, has rowed three great races against Barry, the present world’s champion, winning on two of these occasions. Albany has travelled round the continent training other men. Last year his pupils won 14 out of 15 events, including 4 championships. Is also something of a boxer, being a member of the Columbia Boxing Club. The war prevented another match for the world’s championship last autumn against Barry.

Anderson, J. W. (Private).—Was in Klondyke three years, at Dawson; started and worked a claim there but drew a blank. Has been sealing for two years in the Behring Sea, and relates many interesting stories of his varied experiences in British Columbia, Alaska, and the Arctic Seas. Is well qualified to stand the rigour and inconvenience of the trenches.

Battishill, J. H. (Private).—Educated at Blundell’s School, Taunton. Has travelled and worked in India and South America. Has also studied law, and been interested in land agency. Breeds horses. His sports include hunting, shooting, cricket, and tennis.

Bretherton, W. (Private).—Educated Rugby and Cirencester Agricultural College. Interested in competition motor cycling. His sports include golf, shooting and hockey.

Cooper, Wm. Freeman (Private).—Land Agent. Has travelled extensively in Europe, Africa and America, including cycling tours through the greater part of the country now comprising the battlefields of Northern France and Belgium. Motor cyclist, tennis player, and expert photographer. An authority and writer on Ecclesiastical architecture and history. Private Cooper, although not yet thirty years of age, has three nephews serving in the H.A.C. and Queen’s Westminster Rifles, one of whom has recently been wounded while in the first line of trenches.

Gaskell, C. E. (Private).—A cotton manufacturer of Manchester. Is one of the finest all-round Sportsmen in the North of England, having taken part in nearly every kind of sport—running, cricket, football, golf, lacrosse, hockey, lawn tennis, bowls, billiards, shooting, and hunting. He won the championship of his club at Lawn Tennis, and was also three times champion of his Bowling Club. Has run against Scotland (10 miles) at Ayr and finished inside the hour, and also been close to winning the “Powderhall” at Edinburgh. Educated in Manchester. Has travelled in Germany and Russia. He is the “Baby” of Hut 25, “Unity Hall.”

Noyes, R. T. (Sergeant).—Born in Winnipeg and educated at Manitoba University. Was present with the Gordon Relief Expedition to Khartoum. Holds the Egyptian medal and the Khedivial Star, 1884-86. Travelled extensively and written for newspapers, magazines, and other periodicals. His sports include hunting, fishing and rowing. Sergeant Noyes read about the Sportsman’s Battalion in a New York paper, arrived in England on September 29th last year, and joined on the following day. He was a member of the advance party. Is a brilliant raconteur and entertainer.

Richards, H. B. (Private).—Mining Engineer. Born in Truro in 1869. Educated at Tavistock Grammar School and Camborne School of Mining. Has lived in Rhodesia, on the Coast, British Columbia, and the Transvaal. Was instrumental in starting the Ivanhoe mines. When war broke out Private Richards returned from West Africa on a German finer, but was landed in Liberia, and from there came through on an Elder Dempster boat. Was one of the first to join the Sportsman’s Battalion. Was attached to the Intelligence Department during the Boer War. Is a good shot, has done a great deal of big game shooting, and plays golf. Private Richards has a brother who is a fleet-surgeon at Chatham in charge of the Royal Naval Hospital.


Breakfast at seven, was the new order. It might have been the middle of the night. Blinking and shivering, we sat down to our first meal of the/ day, wondering what was in store for us. Certainly, this first morning was anything but inviting for “grave-digging.” Still, having regard to the humorous scribe who styled us the ‘Hard-as-Nails’ corps, we had to live up to our much-vaunted reputation. So we grimly set our teeth to face the worst. There was to be no shirking that day, for the sportsmen engaged on ‘special duties’ had the choice between a novel experience or squad drill at 9.30. Needless to say, the majority preferred the former, the ranks being thereby considerably augmented.

By the time the “Fall in” was sounded, the grey light of dawn had spread over the camp, and the roll having been called, there marched out of the gates a body of men who could not have failed to excite profound admiration from “Kaiser Bill” himself. Led by the band to the stirring tunes of “It’s a long way to Tipperary,” and “Who’s your Lady Friend,” our blood began to tingle through our veins as the inhabitants who were not yet astir greeted us from their bedroom windows.

At Hornchurch Station, unfortunately, we were obliged to leave the band behind. As we waited on the platform, in exceptionally good time for most of us when we generally set out to catch a train, an express dashed through the station, the passengers of which, judging from the cheering and handkerchief waving, were under the impression that we were off to the front.

While some of us were wondering how the whole battalion was to be crammed into one train, the problem was immediately solved by the appearance of a long line of third-class coaches, including one first-class coach. Into the latter, probably through force of habit, jumped some of the men. They were speedily informed that they had made a mistake by a corporal standing near, who will assuredly earn another stripe for his presence of mind. We are pleased to record that not a hitch occurred in the arrangements, not a single man was left behind (no, nor married one either), and there was seating accommodation for all.

Eventually we pulled up at— (passage deleted by Censor) from where we had to march about two miles to our destination, a place called —— (passage deleted by Censor). Here we halted, then left the road to climb a slight eminence, which we negotiated rather gingerly for fear of making our boots muddy. We at length established ourselves on the summit, and having discovered that no enemy was in sight, waited for tools to be served out.

Though splendid discipline was maintained, it was noticeable that every man was consumed with a burning desire to possess a tool—one would have thought that they had neither seen nor used a pick or spade in their lives before.

With the necessary implements slung across their shoulders in pioneer fashion, sons of peers, great land-owners, company directors, well-known men in every profession and every branch of sport trooped to a fresh field of labour.

Work began in real earnest. “Every man to his trade,” or “Back to the Land,” were remarks often heard. Picks were soon found to be of little use in soft sticky clay, the result being spades were trumps. The wind was cold, and the men worked furiously.

Enviously watching their subordinates beginning to steam with the strenuous exertion, some of the officers who could not resist the temptation, threw off their jackets and directed the men by practical demonstrations. Prominent among these were Captain de Bourbel and Lieutenant Hayes. The former officer commenced by showing us a method of making facines. Stakes were driven into the ground to form cradles wherewith to lay branches cut from the bushes nearby, which were to be wired up in bundles of about a yard long and nine inches in diameter. In this manner some first-class facines were made, the men becoming so proficient in this work that Captain de Bourbel was enabled to direct in a like practical manner the digging operations.

Lord Maitland, Lt.-Col. Gibbons, and the Adjutant, took a lively interest in the work, encouraging the men by words of praise and helpful advice.

As illustrating the extraordinary vim displayed by certain sportsmen, a few spades were returned broken in half.

When the bugle sounded the joyful notes of “Come to the Cook-house Door,” it was with some difficulty the workers were persuaded to leave their tasks. Although only two hours had elapsed since the commencement of work, in many instances the trenches had been dug to the required depth of—— (passage deleted by Censor).

To the student of natural history trench digging must be most fascinating. Worms of various species were found in large numbers. One sportsman discovered a nest of hibernating newts on the bank of a pool, which another declared were either lizards or tadpoles, and a lively argument ensued as to what genus these little creatures belonged. A petrified frog, in an excellent state of preservation, was unearthed by another digger. And so we proceeded until the time came to roll home. Back into the train, sleepy but fit. The band met us at Hornchurch Station and played us to the camp. The Sports had spent their first day in the trenches, the pi elude of many days to come, and—tell it not in Gath—a prominent War Office engineer has expressed the opinion that the trenches dug by the Sportsman’s Battalion are among the finest in the country.

H. R. MAY.


By (Private) Campbell Rae-Brown.

When at home he resides in a Castle—
Does Percy de Willoughby Cust;
The name (see Debrett for all details),
Is so old 'twas beginning to rust.
Still Percy—he always kept going;
Did everything—everyone—BUT
When war broke out Percy broke with it,
And now—he's a man in a hut.

He's simply a private is Percy,
His puttees he coils with the rest;
On parade spick and span lie's the plain soldier man,
Just a “Tommy" a-doing his best.
He tells you squad drill's beastly rotten,
It bores him no end, he says, BUT
A de Willoughby Cust is no slacker and MUST
Do his bit as a man in a hut.

On muck-parade Percy is splendid,
His “shorts" are the talk of the place;
But the girls can't see too much of Percy,
That's why early “birds " join in the chase.
He's a wonder at wobbling and sprinting,
Get him going he just seems to fly;
Yes, you bet Percy's always in training
For doing an opportune “guy."

Oh yes, Percy has always kept going;
He'll go for the Germans all right;
He has his own ways, and perhaps he wears stays,
What’s that if he stays in a fight?
He hates “forming fours" like the devil;
He can’t do “ saluting " for nuts.
“But damme," says Percy, “it might be much worse,"
“And so might the men in the huts."

As hut-orderly Percy's impressive,
His “special" yarns sparkle with fun;
His chum keeps on laughing—and working;
And the chum somehow gets the work done:
Then Percy drawls quite absent-minded
“We've done jolly well, I say—what?
I must go and wash my hands, really,—
This orderly work's filthy rot! "

And so, you see, Percy keeps going,
He gets a bit fed-up—who don't?
But lie's not a bad chap, and once in a scrap
Whoever gives in, Percy won't.
At the “White Hart" he’s seen fairly often;
And he's careless of time, but—Tut-tut!
When a “pot's "on the spree its so easy you see,
To forget he's a man in a hut.

But when Percy's on leave, that's the time!
His pass in his pocket—oh my!
His kit's his own special, his boots
And his spirals are dernier cri.
He swanks in the West like a lord,
He's a Tommy no doubt, and he’s proud,
But a gentleman private, he lets you know that,
And he looks it, it must be allowed.

While on leave you bet Percy keeps going,
His week-end's a wonderful time,
He looks up old friends; how he borrows and spends,
And plays h-ll without reason or rhyme;
He is dined, he is wined—and caressed,
His best girl’s all over him—
BUT Poor Percy wakes up just to find
He's simply a man in a hut.


A hearty invitation and a cordial welcome awaits you at the Baptist Schoolroom, North Street, which is opened every evening from 6 o'clock for your exclusive use for homely comforts. There is convenience for reading, writing, games, music, &c., light refreshments (non-alcoholic) at lowest charges. General public not admitted to the Social Room.




The Misses Taylor of Havering-atte-Bower have kindly offered to give a theatrical entertainment in Hornchurch, the proceeds of which it is proposed to devote to the Battalion Widows’ and Orphans’ Fund. This should prove an interesting evening, and the promoters are hoping for a large attendance. Further details will be given in our next issue.

We regret to note the demise of our lively and popular contemporary The Pow-wow, late the journal of the University and Public Schools Brigade, in training at Epsom. The Editor writes in his final issue that he is “fed up.”

It affords us much pleasure to acknowledge the generosity and kindness of a number of ladies and gentlemen in the locality who have put in a great deal of unselfish work in connection with The Rest Room in North Street, Hornchurch. That their efforts are appreciated in the Battalion is evidenced by the popularity of the Institution in question, and we sincerely trust that its promoters will receive their reward in still larger attendances.

In an early issue we hope to include an article on our Regimental Band, which by its spirited playing has added a new zest to our marching, and thoroughly merited the gratitude of the Battalion. Bandmaster Thompson has secured material for his band which should make it if not the, at any rate, one of the finest bands in Kitchener’s Army.

At the invitation of Mr. G. F. Vincent, a party from the camp visited the Gidea Park Club on the evening of the 16th inst., when a most enjoyable programme of music was rendered by various local artistes, including Miss Ida Cooper, Miss Rita V. Frost, Miss W. Humphrey Davies, who recited “ The Old Trooper’s Story ” from our third number; Miss Hilda Richardson, who sang “ Hunters for the Hun,” from our second number; Mr. George Tinney, and Mr. G. F. Vincent, who is a well-known pianist and composer. He is the composer of, among other songs, “The Flag that flew at Trafalgar.” Mr. Vincent hopes to bring over a concert party to Grey Towers some time during the next few weeks.

There is to be a dance at Gidea Park Club tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 23rd. The tickets are 2/3 each; and the Committee would welcome as many of the Sportsman’s Battalion as care to come. Dancing 8—12. Tickets can be obtained at the Editor’s office.

Will the member of the Sportsman’s Battalion who travelled to Emerson Park Station by the 8.30 train from Romford on Sunday evening, Jan. 17th, and left his stick in the rack, communicate with T. A. Capron, Esq., Solicitor, Grays, who will be pleased to return same to the owner.




To the Editor.

May I beg the hospitality of your columns in order to convey on behalf of the Hornchurch Branch of the Y.H.L. (in connection with Dr. Barnardo’s Homes), our grateful thanks to those members of the Battalion who individually and collectively made so great a success of the concert on Tuesday last, and also to the Battalion generally for purchasing so large a number of tickets. At the moment we have not been able to complete our accounts, but from the figures we have at our disposal it is quite clear that a substantial sum amounting to not less than £30 will be left in the Treasurer’s hands to send to the excellent Institution for which we work.

          Yours faithfully,
                    SARAH E. VARCO-WILLIAMS,


Dear Sir,
I am extremely delighted with No. 1 of the First Sportsman’s Battalion Gazette, and congratulate you on its bulk and varied features. I am reviewing it in our column “ Things Military,” in “ Brighton Society.” Could you favour me with the loan of one of your photo blocks to accompany the review as we have several Brightonians members of the Battalion, and Mr. Rokeby Hallen, whose article you will see in the enclosed copy was the Hon. Recruiting Officer for this district. If you are able to grant me the request, and I may make a suggestion, I should most appreciate the loan of the photo block on page 4 of the Officers of the 1st Sportsman’s Battalion, but failing this should be well pleased to accept the loan of any, and to return it to you as soon as it has been taken off our machines.

I may mention incidentally that I have been giving paragraphs and notices of the Sportsman’s Battalion for many weeks past (from the moment the idea was first mooted).

          I am, dear sir,
                    Yours faithfully,
                              CAYLEY CALVERT,


Leytonstone v. Sportsman’s Battalion.

On Saturday, January 16th, Leytonstone’s visitors were a strong combination, especially in defence, Higgins and Rawlings as a pair being the finest backs seen on the ground this season. The home side was not fully representative of even this season’s available men. The result—victory for the Sportsmen by 3 goals to 2—provided a fair index of the exchanges. The visitors’ defence continually checked efforts by the Stones’ forwards, whose efforts in this half were very disjointed, and Owers—the Leytonstone player of a few years ago, and until recently with a prominent league club—Bates and Hendren, the last-named the finest forward on the field, were always threatening danger. One particularly fine movement saw Sandham strike the upright, and McKee the next instant save a return shot by Bates from eight yards range in brilliant manner. Corners to either side followed, and then, after Owers and Bates had each narrowly missed, Hendren put the ball into the goal-mouth where Owers’ head steered it into the net. One of Hendren’s best efforts produced his side’s second goal, for he obtained nearly on the half-way line and finished a clever run by giving McKee no chance with his shot. Just before the interval Monaghan got in several good centres from the home left. Pearce and Stoodley each got possession once, but their elevation was at fault. Jones was too unwell to turn out for Leytonstone in the second half, but the visitors allowed a substitute. The opening movement favoured the soldiers, Owers shooting over in the first minute, but their opponents quickly turned the tables. A passing run by Monaghan and Stoodley gave Holloway a capital opportunity, and he had the opposing custodian completely beaten. Interest in the game was greatly increased by this success, and the next minute Pearce nearly succeeded in levelling the scores. He beat the opposing back and shot, the ball striking the goal-keeper’s legs and flying away to the wing. The home side would not be denied, however, and showing capital combination, had the opposing defence in a tangle on several occasions. Corners were conceded, and from one of these Holloway again put the ball into the net. From this point the game was of a very even character. Both goals 'were repeatedly assaulted, Kirtain once saving on his knees a low drive by Pearce, and McKee cleverly repelled a hot shot by Bates. Hendren and Clunas brought about the winning goal, forcing a corner to which Owers put on the finishing touch, and although Leytonstone strove hard to get on terms again they failed to do so.

Leytonstone—W. 'McKee, F. P. Teskey, P. R. Ward, C. Jones, F. Mills, C. A. Morrison, W. Felton, R. Holloway, C. H. Pearce, H. H. Stoodley, J. C. Monaghan.

Sportsman’s Battalion—Pte. Kirtain, Pte. Higgins, Pte. Rawlings, Pte. Lewis, Pte. Littlewort, Lieut. Hayes, Pte. Sandharn, Pte. Bates, Pte. Owers, Pte. Clunas, Pte. E. Hendren, Referee, Mr. H. G. Tyler.

The Battalion team travels next Saturday to play Brentford Southern League at Brentford.

A scratch game between recruits was played on Sunday last, Captain Inglis acting as referee, and although it was rather of the rough and tumble description, it gave the committee a chance of seeing the form of aspirants to the Battalion team.


Great disappointment was caused in the Rugby circles of the camp when, last Thursday, we received a telegram from the 17th Empire Battalion Royal Fusiliers postponing the match until Saturday, the 23rd instant.

Of late several good players have come to light, and this fact gives us good reason to believe that we shall prove a formidable combination. The following will represent the Battalion on the date mentioned: —

Back—Pte. J. P. Farr. Three-Quarters—Ptes. L. Williams, H. F. Wadham (capt.), G. H. Salvesen, G. T. Franey. Half-Backs—Pte. P. R. Henri, 2nd Lt. H. E. Taylor.

Forwards—Ptes. L. J. Sharland, W. J. Stretton, H. L. Lyster, G. V. Spurway, Capt. A. B. de Bourbel, Ptes. D. L. Clemetson, S. Thompson, J. M. Gilmour. Reserves—Pte. Currie, Pte. Scott-Tucker. Trainer—Pte. F. G. Harris.


The band was playing right merrily on the drive. The boys were lined up in readiness for their departure to Pitsea, and the sun shone fitfully in a January sky.

Just as the amiable, though sardonic, Bandmaster was getting warmed up to his work, one of our most zealous Sergeants stepped behind him, and tapping him impatiently on the shoulder, shouted “Stop playing, I say—“Stop playing.” But still the stick wagged on. “Stop playing, do you hear? How the blazes do you think I can call my roll while your infernal band is making such a d——d row.”

Utter collapse of the Bandmaster, who has our deepest sympathy.


As we were going to press we received the programme of the Ilford Hippodrome for week commencing January 25th, 1915. Mr. J. Bannister Howard presents JACK AND THE BEANSTALK, with full West End Company.


(The charge for insertion in this column is at the rate of 6d. per line. Minimum 5 lines, 2/6). Mayfield, Parkstone Avenue, Hornchurch.—To be let furnished. Three sitting-rooms and three bedrooms, bath h. & c., every convenience. Rent 50/- weekly, without plate and linen. Can be seen at any time.

January 22, 1915

Aberdeen Week Journal

Officers of the 2nd Sportsmen’s Battalion inspecting an armoured motor-car, which will form part of their equipment.

This armoured car was probably the same model as shown in the photograph below. It was custom built by coachbuilders Barker and Company of London with a chassis and engine by Rolls-Royce. According to David Fletcher, author of The Rolls Royce Armoured Car, this vehicle was commissioned and purchased privately by the Scottish Horse Yeomanry, and used primarily for recruiting purposes.

January 21, 1915

London Evening News


The Sportsman’s Battalion football team have put up several capital performances, having defeated some of the best Southern amateur clubs. On Saturday next they meet Brentford at Griffin Park, and the latter side will have to be at their best to win.

Nottingham Evening Post


THE MAYOR OF NOTTINGHAM and the Nottingham Parliamentary Recruiting Committee


for the Nottingham Company (to consist of 200 men) of the above Battalion now being formed for Sportsmen’s Battalion now being formed for Sportsmen, up to 45 years of age.

Only those thoroughly sound and fit will be considered.

Applications to be made, at once, to the Chief Recruiting Officer (Captain McGuire) or the Sportsman’s Battalion Recruiting Officer (Sergeant Tottie), at the Mechanic’s Hall, Nottingham.

Hours 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Mayor of Nottingham

Chairman, Parliamentary Recruiting Committee.

January 20, 1915

The Cornishman



The story of how a well-known visitor at the Land’s End (who may indeed be regarded, almost as a permanent resident) failed to enlist, was told in the Exeter Police Court on Wednesday, when Duncan Cowen appeared in answer to a summons charging him with being a wandering lunatic and not under proper control in High-street Exeter.

Mr. Cowen is well-known in the Land’s End district. A gentleman of independent means, he stays for the greater part of the ear at the Land’s End Hotel, and owns shooting rights in the locality. He is also interested in poultry, and keeps a considerable number of fowls.

Chief Inspector Martin said that morning about 1:30 defendant went to a constable in High-street and said he had been given some bad drink. He was suffering very much and did not feel responsible for himself. The man did not appear to be drunk. He was brought to the police station and medically examined by Dr. Parsons, who gave a certificate than the man was strange in his mind, but not a lunatic. Now he was much better. His explanation was that he must have been drugged by something which was put in his drink, which made him feel bad. Under the circumstances the police asked that the defendant might be discharged from custody.

Defendant, a man between forty and fifty years of age, superior in appearance, and of fine physique, told the magistrates that he must have been given something bad to drink. He came from Penzance on Tuesday to enlist. He tried to join the D.C.L.I., and afterwards another regiment, but they would not pass him, owing to his eyesight. he then heard that a Sportsmen’s Battalion was being formed at Exeter, and came up on Tuesday to the recruiting office in High-street to offer himself.

Chief Inspector Martin told the magistrates that he believed that that was correct.

The Chairman: You are discharged.

The Times



In the King’s Bench Division yesterday, before Mr. JUSTICE BAILHACHE, Mr. Saut Tumim, a money-lender, trading and registered as S. Turner, sued Mr. Alfred Halford to recover a sum of money due under a promissory note given in respect of a loan made by the plaintiff to be defendant.


Mr. MARRIOTT said that Mr. Halford was a stockbroker. When the war broke out and the Stock Exchange was closed his business came to an end. He was 45 years of age, and he enlisted as a private in the Sportsmen’s Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers, in which men above the military age of 38 were allowed to join. His pay was 7s. a week


January 19, 1915

Daily Mirror


The 1st Sportsman’s Battalion are to have a tourney at the Cinema Palace Hornchurch, where they are in camp, tomorrow evening when a middle weight competition, open to N.C.O.s and privates of the contingent will be the chief event.

A novelty will be seen at the West London Stadium, on Thursday night, when the four Condon brothers, all of whom are serving the country, will meet four opponents, Johnny of the family the ex-amateur champion, being engaged in a fifteen-rounds contest with Alec Lambert, another former amateur champion.

January 17, 1915

The Oregon Daily Journal

British Preachers Joining the Army

Three Clergymen Have Just Enlisted in the Sportsmen’s Battalion for Active Service in France.

London, Jan. 19. – Despite the fact that the Church of England has not favored the enlistment of its clergymen, there has been a noticeable increase lately in the number of clergymen who have responded to the country’s call for volunteers. Three have just joined the Sportsmen’s battalion, which is officially registered as the Royal Fusiliers, First battalion, which is commanded by Colonel Viscount Maitland.

Two of these clerical recruits are Rev. E. R. Prance of Great Missenden, Bucks, and Rev. Frank Edwards of Hull.

It is expected that the First battalion will go to the front late in February. The rolls of both battalions include the names of many men of title and others prominent in the world of sports.

January 16, 1915

Land and Water


To the Editor of LAND AND WATER.

DEAR SIR, - May I ask you to help me raise the necessary funds for the 2nd Sportsman’s Battalion! The facts briefly are these: -

A battalion of 1,400 men costs £8 to £10 per man over and above the money allowed and repaid by the War Office, and this amount the individuals raising the battalions have to find. The money is not for luxuries, but for ordinary necessary comforts which mean so much to a man undergoing strenuous training, and prevents illness, discontent and other troubles. Out of this fund also administration expenses, advertising and printing have to paid, which are necessarily heavy items. It would be most kind if your readers would send me cheques towards this fund, and so help me in the big national work I have undertaken. The cheques should be made payable to E. Cunliffe-Owen, and crossed 2nd Sportsman’s Battalion, London Joint Stock Bank, Ltd., Strand.

Any sum will be gratefully received and acknowledged at once, and every care is taken in the expenditure of the funds.

Thanking you in anticipation for doing the best in your power to help in this matter, believe me to be, yours faithfully,

Hotel Cecil, Strand, London,

Nottingham Evening Post




The sportsmen of Notts. have an unequalled opportunity of serving their King and country in the ranks of the 2nd Sportsmen’s Battalions, a representative from headquarters being at present in Nottingham making the necessary arrangements for the formation of a Notts. company.

The marked enthusiasm which has been infused into the battalions in London, and the fine type of sportsmen recruited, bespeaks a ready response to the appeal which will shortly be made for the new company, and we are informed that his Worship the Mayor is to be asked to lend his civic support to the proposal. That this will be of inestimable value of course goes without saying, and as a company only numbers about 200, it is “up to” intending recruits to immediately get into touch with the recruiting sergeant at the Mechanics’ Hall.

Sportsmen and gentlemen are synonymous terms, and although not a few have left the city and district to join the battalion in London, there remains a numerous company of golfers, cricketers, footballers, and racing men who will be glad to wear the khaki, and fraternise with their own kind in this splendid battalion. They will be known as the Notts. company of the 2nd Sportsmen’s Battalion, and enlistment will be confined to natives of Nottinghamshire. In fact, it has already commenced, and the first detachment of ten men will go up to London on Monday to report themselves. The camp at Romford, Essex, will claim the recruits after about a fortnight’s training in the metropolis.

January 15, 2015

Devon and Exeter Gazette


Officers and recruits of the Western Counties Company.

The First Sportsman’s Gazette – No. 4


A is our Adjutant; how he can ride!
B’s our Battalion, his worry and pride.
C the Canteens; when you’re dry, try the wet,
D is our Doctor; good man and good “vet.”
E is our Empire; for her we must fight,
F’s for “Form Fours”; can we yet do it right?
G is the Guard Room; beware of its cell,
H is for Hornchurch, the place where we dwell.
I is the Institute; I call it draughty;
J are the Jim Jams; O shun them, ye crafty!
K’s for the Kaiser; we’ll fair give him sox,
L is for London; we liked the “Coal Box.”
M is John Merrick, of merit he’s full
N’s Private Neville, who saw a sick bull.
O’s Mrs. Owen; we owe her our thanks,
P is for Pitsea, where we’ve trenched and made banks
Q’s the Query if soon to the war we’re away,
R the Rifles we’re hoping to handle some day.
S are the Sportsmen; who said “hard as nails”?
T (ea) the mixture (plus extras) they give us in pails
U, I hope, are each doing your bit, every one,
V’s the Viscount, our Colonel, we’ve proved him A1.
W is the War; at tis end we shall cheer,
X with a minus, the strength of our beer.
Y’s is the man who takes things as they come,
Z is the Zeppelin, pride of the Hun !

I. F. W.


Our representative visited the Hotel Cecil last Saturday. Recruiting is proceeding at a satisfactory rate, and Capt. Enderby, the Adjutant, expressed the opinion that in three weeks time the 2nd Battalion might be expected to arrive at its new Headquarters, Hare Hall, near Gidea Park, Romford. Many famous sportsmen have joined during the last few weeks. Among others there are C. P. McGahey, ex-captain of the Essex County cricket eleven; Mclvor Jackson, the Surrey cricketer; Harry Packer, Welsh Rugby forward; Lewis R. Lewis, Welsh International player; Robert M. Miles, late captain of Pembroke College Cricket and Football teams; Jack Cartmell, Brentford footballer, and E. Henderson, Middlesex cricketer. Other recruits include W. Burlton Stuart, a well-known pig-sticker and polo player; Reginald Cooper, big game hunter; P. G. Sadd, Captain of the Burton Rugby Football team and twice middleweight champion of the Midland Counties; William H. Denton, a skater, runner, and champion swimmer; Rev. Frank Edwards, of Brunswick Church, Hull; and finally, a young son of Charley Mitchell, the boxer.



To the Editor, “First Sportsman’s Gazette.”


Since the appearance in a recent issue of the “Daily Express” of an article dealing with the above perhaps too popular sporting ballad some of my gallant brothers-in-arms of our honoured Battalion inform me that a good deal of discussion— of a more or less heated character, as it would be in so electric an atmosphere—has been going on as to whom the guilt was to be attached of having given to the world, in its every habitable part, the irrepressible “ Kissing-Cup’s Race.” Well, naturally, being a “Sportsman,” I am undesirous that the blame of so heinous a literary crime should fall on innocent shoulders, and I herewith hasten to own that I alone did it. But let me also hasten to add that it was, after all, a very youthful indiscretion—as you may believe when 1 tell you it was thrown off at a single sitting in a fit of red-hot sporting enthusiasm after, as a mere lad, having seen my first Derby; moreover, it was one of the grandest struggles ever witnessed for the much- coveted “Blue Riband,” in which that greatest of all jockeys in a tight finish, Fred Archer, on the Duke of Westminster’s Bend ’Or beat Rossiter on Messrs. Brewster & Blanton’s Robert the Devil by a short head. The year? Perhaps I don’t—or won’t—remember that. It will amuse some of my mellower comrades of “Ours” to look it up for themselves. But I should like to say here that the story of the ballad in question is purely an imaginary one, though many have thought they could trace in it the life-romance of one or another of the then reckless young “sports” of the peerage, the notorious Marquis of Hastings of that time for instance. But this is not so; and if I may be allowed to say so, I think the fact of the “plot ” of the piece being such a characteristically familiar one to all those knowing anything of sporting life is what made it from the first a favourite recitation in all classes of Society; to strike the human note, that is the great thing in all dramatic pieces.

“ Kissing-Cup’s Race ” first appeared in the “ Sporting Times,” better known as the “Pink ’Un,” then owned and edited by my dear old friend John Corlett, and to whose spicy pages I afterwards became a fairly regular contributor; the piece was then published in book form with many of my other ballads of a like nature, by the well-known publishers, Messrs. Samuel French, Ltd., and It was then that it became so widely popular as to prove rather a nuisance to myself as I am sure it must have done to many others. The late Duke of Westminster called one of his racing fillies Kissing-Cup after it; she won the New Stakes at Ascot, by the way, and became the dam of many good winners; and then—to crown all—“The Follies” did a burlesque on it, and now it’s on the “Pictures,” and if that doesn’t kill it nothing will—except a full-blown play I have prepared on the subject, and which, had it not been for the war, would have been duly produced.

As I say, I’m sorry I did it; though it is some consolation to me to think that, out of the twenty or so novels, thirty plays and sketches, and several battalions of pieces for recitation that bear my name, “ Kissing-Cup ” is the only one for which I have felt called upon to apologise.

And now, assuring you, sir, that I would not have ventured to so far trespass on your valuable space save to decide a question on which I have been informed many of your gallant readers are good enough to feel interested.

I am,
          Yours in sackcloth and khaki,
                    C. CAMPBELL RAE-BROWN,
                    (Private) Sportsman’s Battalion.


Dear Sir,

I had no idea that I was such a devil of a fellow until I saw it all in your last number. I hasten, however, to correct your correspondent in one detail. I do not hold the world’s record with the M.H. rifle as that is obviously a mistake. I believe I do hold the record at 600 yards with the M.H. carbine. Trusting that you will oblige me by making this correction.

I am, Sir,
         Yours faithfully,
                    NORMAN COCKELL, Lieut.


Notes concerning members of the Sportsman’s Battalion.

Aston, Wm, Francis (Private).—Actor and Stage Manager Professionally known as Wallace Aston. Educated at Dulwich Grammar School and travelled extensively in U.S.A. and Canada, and United Kingdom, mostly with that celebrated actress, Mrs. Patrick Campbell; playing the character parts in “ The Second Mrs. Tanqueray,” “ Notorious Mrs. Ebbsmith,” “ Magda,” “ Electra,” and “ Flower of Yamatoo.” Was for several years Stage Manager with Wilson Barrett’s renowned play “The Silver King.” Has also been associated with Lady Tree, Ben Webster, and the late Laurence Irving in numerous West-end successes. Private Aston is no stranger to the Music Hall—having produced and played in his own dramatic sketches at most of the principal Halls in London and provinces. His favourite pastimes—hockey, walking and shooting.

Cooper, V. A. (Private).—Left home when he was 16 and went to South Africa. Has been in turn civil servant, farmer, locomotive engineer, brewer, cook, steward, store-keeper, purser, and soldier. Was in the Cape Civil Service for some time; then farmed in partnership with a Boer at Tulbaagh. Went to sea as a cook’s boy; first journey was a voyage of 10 months from Barry (Wales) to New Zealand and Australia via the United States. Was a store-keeper on a cable ship in Pacific (’Frisco Manilla cable). Worked his way to a pursership and on his last trip had charge of 600 passengers. Has made 18 trips to Australia, an average of 3 a year. His steamer arrived at Antwerp on the night the Belgian army mobilised, but did not drop anchor, escaping under cover of darkness. Private Cooper speaks Dutch and Spanish.

Gibson, C. S. (Private).—Artist, chiefly in landscape painting and reproduction. Useful at military sketching. His sports are tennis and cricket, and his principal hobby is competition motor cycling. Private Gibson is anxious to see a corps of dispatch riders attached to the Battalion, and to join them when they are formed! Is a good shot and oarsman.

Jourdain, Raymond Oliver (Sergeant).—Descended from an old Huguenot family. Born near Manchester and educated at Derby School. Open classical scholar of Magdalene College, Cambridge. Took Classical Tripos. Has travelled in West Indies and parts of South America. One of his brothers commands the 47th Loyal North Lancashire Regt., and another the 5th (Service) Battalion, Connaught Rangers. Sergt. Jourdain is a successful breeder of pedigree cattle (British Holsteins). He has taken a leading part in politics in the West of England, being an Imperialist and a Tariff Reformer.

Kendall, J. M. (Private).—Antiquary; interested in architecture and kindred subjects. A Fellow of the Society of Archaeologists. Has written considerably on archaeological subjects, and done much expert work in that direction for the Government. Spent ten years ranching in California. Educated at University College School and the University of California.

Leigh, H. E. (Sergeant).—Educated at Dulwich College. For some time farmer in Africa, and was for three years in the Natal Carbineers. Was on active service in Zululand when Dinizula was taken prisoner. His hobby is motoring, and his sports include tennis and football. Was in his college fifteen at Rugger.


(2nd Sportsman’s Battalion).

During the South African War Mr. Edwards acted as chaplain with the South Wales Borderers, and was promoted to the rank of Captain on the battlefield by Lord Roberts for an act of bravery in carrying despatches. In the Zand River fight he had the lower part of his face badly damaged by a Boer shell, and in consequence was in hospital for some weeks. The next bed was occupied by an old cavalry major of the “Blue” school who generally expressed himself in very sultry superlatives. The major and Mr. Edwards soon became “pals,” and one day the former called out, “Padre, I’ve been thinking.”

“What about, Major,” Mr. Edwards asked.
“What d— good shots those-- Boers are! ”
“Why, Major.”
“Well, they not only hit us fellows, but they jolly well hit us on our strong points. I’m a cavalry man; they’ve got me in the knee and spoiled my saddle grip. You’re a parson; and they’ve got you in the jaw.”


The committee of the Gazette are more than gratified at the cordial reception given to their first three issues. The circulation reveals a steady improvement, more particularly outside the camp. We now have regular subscribers in all parts of the Kingdom, and there is little doubt that no other regimental journal has been more widely distributed. It only remains for those responsible for its production to maintain the standard which has been set, and for the readers to continue their support, both financially and by way of literary contributions, helpful criticism, and the suggestion of new features. The committee confidently leave these and all kindred matters in connection with the Gazette in the hands of men who are not only soldiers but also sportsmen.


Back Row (Left to Right)—Lieut. Williams, Dr. Hill, Lieuts. Hillcoat, Suckling, Murray, Thompson and Taylor. Sitting (Left to Right)—Major Richey, Capt. Inglis, Lord Maitland, Lieuts. Hayes and Foy.


The Battalion played the London Caledonians on Saturday, January 2nd, and suffered their first defeat by 5 goals to 1. Our team was a weak one, Clunas, Littlewort, E. H. Hendren, Lewis, and Bates all being away recruiting. The Callies had a strong team out to meet our boys. We held out till two minutes from half-time before the first goal was scored. The second half our team went to pieces rather more than we expected. Higgins, however, played like a Trojan—but without avail, our opponents improving, and eventually won as stated.

The Battalion eleven paid a visit on Saturday, January 9th, to Dulwich, and played the well-known amateur team Dulwich Hamlet, both teams being well represented, and, as expected, a fine game was witnessed by a considerable number of spectators. Owing to indisposition Lieut. Hayes was unable to play, and Pte. Higgins captained the team.

The game was started at a very fast rate, the ground being in good condition, if somewhat wet. The Sportsman’s, however, played with determination and a combination that had not hitherto been seen in any other match, and which was noticeable particularly among the forwards. After twelve minutes’ play Hendren, with a fine shot, scored the first goal; Owers scored the second, and Hendren the third. This finished the scoring in the first half. Upon changing ends the Hamlet played up and made some spirited attacks, but the defence of Higgins, Rawlings, and Littlewort was superb, time after time robbing the Dulwich forwards and breaking up their combination.


Back Row (Left to Right)—Stillwell, Sandham, Parkes, Lee, Atkinson, Lient. Foy, Sawden, Sgt.-Major Merrick.
Sitting (Left to Right)—Williams, Hendren, Sergt. Skewes, Baillon.

Towards the finish, after a combined run of the forwards from the Sportsman’s goal to the half-way line, the ball was passed to Clunas, who worked his way through the Hamlet backs and, after being charged off the ball on three occasions, with a marvellous shot scored the fourth and last goal.

Result—Sportsman’s, 4; Dulwich Hamlet, 0.

The Dulwich officials were much impressed by the play of the Battalion team, being quite certain that it was the best football played at Dulwich this year, and were anxious to arrange a return match, on February 27th, which date was accepted conditionally by the Battalion Secretary.

On Sunday, January 10th, the 2nd Battalion Football Club paid a visit to the camp in order to play the 1st Battalion Club. Notwithstanding heavy rain Lord Maitland, Mrs. Cunliffe Owen, and the officers of both Battalions were present.

Much to the disappointment of the many spectators and the 1st Battalion players, the visitors were poorly represented, and two substitutes had to be found, Sergt. Williams and Private Moffat ably assisting them. The game needs little description. At half-time the 1st Battalion led by six goals to none. The game eventually resulted as follows:—1st Battalion, 8 goals. 2nd Battalion, 2 goals. The ground towards the finish was in a dreadful condition and prevented accurate play.

On Saturday the 1st Battalion Eleven play one of the strongest amateur teams in the London District, e.g., Leytonstone.

The railway fare is sevenpence provided a certain number travel, and 45 minutes from Hornchurch is the utmost time taken. The Leytonstone ground adjoins the Midland Station. The kick-off is at 2.45 p.m.



We think the following paragraph, quoted from Mr. Solomon Eagle’s notes on current literature in The New Statesman, worthy of still wider circulation:—

That vivacious periodical, the Book Lover, of Sydney, has just printed what it regards as the real Australian national anthem. It’s author’s name is given as “ Den,” and, although it is cryptic, it is immeasurably superior to most national anthems, and especially to the Canadian song,“The Maple Leaf,” of which both the words and the music are vapid to the last degree. The i Australaise ’ is too long to be quoted in full, but here is a typical verse and its chorus: —

Fellers of Australia,
Blokes an’ coves an’ coots,
Shift yer — carcases,
Move yer — boots,
Gird yer — loins up,
Get yer — gun,
Set the — enemy,
An’ watch the — run.

          Get a — move on,
          Have some — sense ;
          Learn the — art of
          Self de — fence.

I cannot for the life of me fill in the missing words, but probably most of my readers will be quicker- witted than I. Mr. Shaw might, perhaps, be able to suggest something.”

One of our correspondents writes: Why, oh why did you call the Gazette by its present title which means nothing to anyone outside the Camp? Had it a more general title it might have been worked into a good general sporting newspaper property. And how could it be the “First Sportsman’s Gazette” ? Surely the first sportsman by a very long chalk is not a member of the present battalion? Why not “The Sportsman’s Battalion Gazette ? ” But I think a good chance of securing a future good press property has been lost in not calling it something like “The Sporting and Military Gazette,” being the Organ of the Sportsman’s Battalions. Trusting my remarks may not appear presumptuous, C. C. R-B.

The Hon. Secretary of the Sportsman’s Battalion Football Club desires us to acknowledge the kindness of the following:—F. H. Wall, Esq., Football Association, for the gift of two new balls; The Daily Express, gift of two new balls and one pair of boxing gloves. The Secretary is anxious also to hear from the Company secretaries regarding subscriptions. He may be found in Hut 37.

The formation of a Rink Hockey Club has been suggested. Those desirous of joining are requested to communicate with the Editor.

The Scotch pipers have approached us on what is to them a very important matter. There are eight of them, and they are extremely anxious to wear the kilts (Lord Maitland’s clan). Not a bad idea!

Will any B.P. warrant scoutmasters now serving in the Sportsman’s Battalion kindly send in their names to Quartermaster-Sergeant Cole, together with the troops they represent. This information is required at the Scouts’ Headquarters.



Why must the Soldier wear a Moustache ?

it is a fair assumption that the men forming the Sportsman's battalion are animated by a common desire to do their part in upholding the honour of British arms and in overthrowing the power which seeks to dominate not only Europe but the world.

Now, nobody with any sense joined for the fun of the thing, or (expected to have a rosy time.

The period or training was regarded as a necessary but unpleasant prelude to the active service abroad which, we take it, is the goal of every man’s ambition, and the determination is keen so to work as to make this period as short as possible. Always keeping in sight the object for which we joined, every duty is weighed, consciously or unconsciously, by the test of its utility for the end in view. Thus, the cook-house fatigue is not one which is in any way sought after by reason of its inherent attractiveness, but its necessity is so obvious for the achievement of our purpose that it is accepted cheerfully and performed, we think, efficiently. It requires but a small effort of imagination to see in every onion peeled a potential nail in the. Kaiser’s coffin. We are prepared to believe that there may be a definite connection between our reiterated attempts to achieve “a steady ’alt, bringing the right foot up to the left,” or the ability to do the “three distinct motions in the erect slope” and the smashing of Prussian militarism. This, too, is accepted cheerfully, and performed, we trust, efficiently.

But it passes the wit of man to discover any possible connection between the reason for which we joined and the army regulation which compels us all to submit to the disfigurement of a moustache. Many of us have attained maturity cherishing a clean upper lip as a woman cherishes her virtue, and now every morning beholding our unnatural face in a glass, we are constrained to register silently or otherwise, another item to the Kaiser’s account.

It would be interesting to know when and by whom this order was promulgated. It certainly has no great force of tradition behind it. We know that the Duke of Wellington did not wear a moustache, and he died little more than sixty years ago. Nor does the practise seem to have been obligatory in the Crimean days, so the custom is of quite recent growth, and open, we think, to criticism on many grounds. It cannot be enforced for reason of cleanliness, nor for the sake of uniformity. A glance down the ranks on any parade ground would show that uniformity could be achieved only by a ruthless sacrifice of all the fantastic excrescences which their owners dignify by the name of moustaches.

Why then is this rule enforced? It has been suggested that it is to prevent the intrusion of adventurous females into the ranks, several authentic cases of which are on record.

(Incidentally we venture the assertion that any enterprising lady who could worm her way into the ranks of the Sportsman’s Battalion would have the time of her life—but this is by the way).

Perhaps somebody with knowledge of this regulation will enlighten us as to its inner meaning. We do not mind doing things, but we do like to know why we do them. J. I. H.

January 14, 2015

Daily Express

The latest despatch “SEND MORE MEN!” from the Sportsman’s Battalions

Sportsman’s Battalions, Royal Fusiliers

Colonel in Chief – THE KING. Officer Commanding 1st Bat. Colonel VISCOUNT MAITLAND. Officer Commanding 2nd Bat. Colonel A. De B. V. PAGET. Both of His Majesty’s Bodyguard.

THESE Battalions are sanctioned and authorised by the War Office. Sportsmen, Stockbroker, City Men from upper and middle classes, all who are fit and ready, here is a chance for YOU to serve King and Country, with your brother sporting-men. Age 19 to 45. Height 5ft. 6in. and upwards. Pay and separation allowance same as Regular Army.

Write or Call
Head Recruiting Office, Hotel Cecil, Strand, London,
E. CUNLIFFE-OWEN, Chief Recruiting Officer.

January 13, 1915

The Times

1st and 2nd SPORTSMEN’S BATTALIONS, ROYAL FUSILIERS, Colonel-in-Chief the King. C.O. 1st Battalion, Col. Viscount Maitland. C.O. 2nd Battalion, Col. A. de. B. V. Paget (his Majesty’s Bodyguard). Sportsmen, age 19 to 45, Wanted at Once. There are still vacancies. Head Recruiting Office, Hotel Cecil, London. Hours, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

Derby Daily Telegraph



Mr. W. T. Maulton, a well-known gentleman farmer, of Brailsford, and for several years hon. secretary to the Brailsford and Ednaston Horticultural Society, has joined the Sportsman’s Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers, and writes to us from Hornchurch Camp (Essex) as follows:-

I shall be greatly obliged if you will allow me a short space in your paper, and I feel sure it will bring more men to arms.

The 23rd Service Royal Fusiliers, 1st Sportsman’s Battalion, requires more recruits. and will accept any man of smart appearance up to 45 years of age, providing he is fit and willing to serve for the war. The camp is situated 14 miles from London, and is one of the most comfortable and best fitted up in the country. Men wishing to join will be met at their nearest towns, and if medically fit will be despatched by free pass to the camp. For further particulars, apply : Recruiting 667, Hut 13, Grey Towers Barracks, Hornchurch, Essex.



Mr. Henry L. Bradley,
Industrial School,
Deaford, Leicester.

Dear Sir,

In reply to your letter I beg to enclose herewith Enrollment Form which please fill up carefully and return to me at your earliest convenience.

The 2nd Sportsman’s Battalion, like the 1st, has been authorised and sanctioned by Lord Kitchener, and forms part of the regular Army. The 1st Battalion is considered second to none in His Majesty’s Army, and I am determined that the 2nd Battalion shall bear the same name.

The Sportsman’s Battalion is the only Battalion in His Majesty’s Army where special permission has been given to enroll up to the age of 45. Pay is at the usual Army rate, and separation allowance as per enclosed slip.

When in camp the men are in most comfortable huts and not under canvas; and the 1st Battalion was entirely equipped on the day it went into camp.

If you really wish to join please do not wait until the numbers are quite complete, but let me have your decision at once.

The Battalion is especially for the upper and middle classes, and beyond the cost of Kit - which is optional, £8 to £10 - there are no other expenses.

Yours faithfully,

E. Cunliffe-Owen