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 20, 1915

Berwickshire News and General Advertiser

Lady Maitland’s Silver Wedding.

WE give a photo of Viscountess Maitland at Thirlestane Castle, who has just celebrated her silver wedding.

Viscount Maitland is the eldest son of the Earl and Countess of Lauderdale who how resides in the South of England. He and Lady Maitland, (who is a daughter of the late Judge Vaughan Williamson) have been living at Thirlestane Castle for the past 3 years and are very popular in the district, both having taken a preeminent part in good work in Lauderdale. Since the outbreak of War, Lord Maitland has been with Military Services as Colonel of the Sportsman’s Battalion

Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser



Baron Herbert de Reuter, managing director of Reuter’s Telegraph Company, has been found lying dead at his residence near Reigate. A revolver which had been discharged was found, and there appears to be little reason to doubt that the baron fell by his own hand.

The deceased was greatly overwrought by the sudden death of his wife, to whom he was warmly attached, on Thursday last, and whose funeral had been fixed for yesterday. The baron’s body was found in a summer-house in the grounds. On a table there were two letters. One was addressed to Mr. Flint, the gardener, who found the deceased and the other “To the spirit of my dear wife Edith.”

The funeral of Baroness de Reuter was postponed, and it is understood that she will now be buried in the same grave as her husband. They leave two children. Their son, Hubert, is serving in the Sportsman’s Battalion, and their daughter married, in 1901, Mr. James Douglas, of Tilquhillie, Scotland.

Baron de Reuter was 64 years of age. Until last week he was in constant attendance at the offices of the new agency, of which his father, the late Baron Julius de Reuter, was the founder and with which he had been associated ever since 1875, the year before his marriage.

In his younger days Baron de Reuter contemplated a musical career. After passing from Harrow to Balliel College, Oxford, he declined to remain at the university long enough to take his degree, in spite of the remonstrances of Dr. Joewit (then Master of Balliol), and went to Paris. But after a your or more he returned to London and decided to comply with his father’s wish that he should enter the services of Reuter’s Agency, of which he soon rose to be managing director. Under his guidance its scope grew, until at present there is hardly a part of the civilized world with which the agency is not in communication.

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