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 6, 1915

Corsicana Daily Sun


William Albany Now Member British Sportsmen’s Battalion.

William Albany, the world famous professional sculler, who has rowed three great races against Ernest Barry winning on two occasions, is one of the members of the First Sportsman’s Battalion, attached to the Royal Fusiliers, known as “Hard as Nails,” which is quartered at Hornchurch, Essex, England.

Big game hunters, horse breeders, gamekeepers, professional athletes and one or two Fleet street sporting men are also included in the ranks.

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