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!

April 16, 1915

The Indianapolis Star

“King Needs You.”

“King and country needs you” was a printed and spoken appeal that took to the front only those Englishmen who would have gone anyway from the first pulsing sense of duty. There were those who need stimulus of another kind for eye and ear, and they were given it in daily increasing doses. A Sportsman’s Battalion poster drew hundreds to the recruiting offices within an hour of its flaring. This did it: A wounded motor cycle messenger in the foreground; back of him the red-lit battle line with shells bursting about an British standard. Underneath the vivid picture was the appeal in order form

“Don’t let them do it all.”

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