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 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.

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