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 4, 1915

Sunday Mirror


The Artists won the match against the Sportsman’s Battalion on Richmond Athletic ground yesterday by three goals (one dropped) and two tries to two tries – 20 points to 6. Vaccination and other things prevented the Sportsman’s from mustering its best side; but for all that it was a great game and it was only in the last few minutes, when the Artists put on a couple of goals, that they took a commanding lead.

Quinn dropped a superb goal to begin with, and then followed tries by Padbury and Edlmann – two old Richmond men, who were the Artists’ halves. Tries by Clementson and Curwen for the Sportsman’s left it anybody’s match. But in the last few minutes Fox placed two goals from tries by Quinn and Padbury, for the Artists. The Sportsman’s scrimmage worked very hard, but the side missed the help of its brilliant half backs, Henri and Taylor.

Sunday Mirror

Only 100 Vacancies now left in the



In addition to Special Reserve of 500 for 1st and 2nd Battalions.

Colonel-in-Chief – THE KING.

The only Battalion accepting recruits up to 45 years of age.

Age 19 to 45.

Height 5 ft. 6 in. and upwards. Pay and Separation Allowances at Army Rates.

Apply to the Chief Recruiting Officer E. CUNLIFFE OWEN.


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