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!

March 11, 1915

The Leavenworth Times


But lady Raphael Turns Money Over to Charity Fund.

London, Feb. 25. – (Correspondence of the Associated Press.) – Ever week Lady Raphael, one of the wealthiest women in London, draws the separation allowance of 16 shillings ($4), which the government allows to wives of enlisted men. Sir Herbert Raphael, Bart., member of the House of Commons and trustee of the National Gallery, is now Private Raphael of the 24th Battalion Royal Fusiliers, known as the 2nd Sportsmen’s Battalion, and when not in Parliament is busy drilling in a khaki uniform. He is fifty-six years old, but has led an active life physically by golfing, motoring and shooting. His appearance in a private’s dress in Parliament, of which he is the richest member, while a labor M.P. came there in uniform of an officer, caused considerable comment several weeks ago.

When asked why he enlisted as a private, Sir Herbert replied:

“Because I had no military experience, and I do not think it right to take a position unless one has acquired some experience. I also did it as an example to my constituency.”

He will have to give up his Parliamentary duties when his command moves into its new training camp in Essex, where huts are now being erected. Soldiering, he says, is a fine life and the best kind of exercise.

Lady Raphael adds her government money to her charity fund.

West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser


The Westcountry Company of the 2nd Sportsmen’s Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers, which Capt. A. E. Dunn (formerly M.P. for the Mining Division) so splendidly recruited, were inspected at the Castle Yard, Exeter, on Monday, by Col. Western. The Mayor (Mr. J. G. Owen), addressing the troops, said they were men of Devon and Cornwall – Cornwall, whose motto was “One and All,” and Devon, whose motto was “Semper Fidelis.” He was sure that no matter in what tight corner they found themselves they would remember the mottoes of those two counties, and that they would bear in mind not only their oath of allegiance, but also the honour of the dear Westcountry to which they belonged. He was sure they would always uphold the honour of the flag, and in the name of the City of Exeter he wished them God-speed, great glory, and a safe return. – Capt. Dunn tendered his thanks to the Mayor, and, through them, to all the citizens, for the great kindness they had shown the company during the stay in Exeter.

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