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 6, 1915

Hull Daily Mail


Photo by Boak, Bridlington.

Mr Henry Matthews is one of the latest to join the 2nd Sportsman’s Battalion Royal Fusiliers. He is a well-known young member of the Newland Golf Club, having in a short time earned many laurels with his club. He was one of the youngest golfers to win that splendid trophy, the Hamworth-Booth cup, last year, and this year created a surprise at the Newland Opening Meeting by returning a remarkable score of 7 up on bogey, despite his handicap being pulled two a few days before. He also has the reputation of being one of the longest drivers in the district. He has held his position in the team matches, which he considers is one of the most sociable sides of golf. He is very keen on athletics and open air, and very enthusiastic on non-party politics. He hopes that more golfers will join this battalion.


A Step in the Right Direction

Join the Sportsman’s Battalion, Royal Fusiliers

Colonel-in-Chief – THE KING.

Officers Commanding –

1st Battalion: COLONEL VISCOUNT MAITLAND (His Majesty’s Bodyguard)

2nd Battalion: COLONEL A. de B. V. PAGET (His Majesty’s Bodyguard)

Both Battalions are sanctioned and authorised by the War Office, and afford a splendid opportunity for 2,000 British Sportsmen – Stockbrokers, Engineers and City men to take a step in the right direction and join their brother sporting-men in arms.

Age 19 to 45.

Hotel Cecil, London

E. CUNLIFFE OWEN, C.M.G., Chief Recruiting Officer.

Show the King’s enemies what British Sportsmen are.

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