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!


The following bibliography lists any resources that have been a useful reference aide in the creation of this website. Please submit additional recommendations via the comments section at the bottom of the page, or directly to fmsketches@macbrem.com.


The 23rd (Service) Battalion Royal Fusiliers (First Sportsman's): A Record of its Services in the Great War

Hard as Nails: The Sportsmen's Battalion of World War One

The Somme

Hornchurch During The Great War

Bygone Hornchurch and Upminster

Books on Google

»        Kitchener's Army: The Raising of the New Armies, 1914-16  (mentions 23 RF)

»        The history of the Second Division, 1914-1918, Volume 2

Websites & Articles


»        2nd Division: First World War

»        Battle of the Somme

»        Battle of Delville Wood

Delville Wood official website

»        British Army units linked to Delville Wood (including 23RF and 24RF)

»        Extracts from the diary of Walter Giddy

The Long, Long Trail

»        The 2nd Division in 1914-1918

The Royal Fusiliers 1914-1918

Short biography of Charles E. Montague, who served with the Sportsman’s Battalion.

Essex Police Memorial Trust » Frederick J Boyce  (includes  a poem about 23RF)

Parish of Hornchurch » The History of St. Andrew’s Church  (mentions a memorial to the Sportsman’s Battalion)

The Straits Times  » 1929 article on Mrs Cunliffe Owen

Blogs & Forums

Great War Forum  (features many discussions related to 23RF and 24RF related topics, some listed here)

»        Units and Formations

»        First Sportsman’s Battalion

»        23rd Sportsman's Regiment, Royal Fusiliers

»        Unidentified (unofficial) silver medal Oct 1914 ?

»        Sportsmans Battalions, who qualified ?

Army Service Numbers

»        The Royal Fusiliers - Sportsman's Battalions  (lists some service numbers for 23RF, 24RF and 30RF)


Flickr (including 23RF and 24RF related photos, one listed here)

»        23rd Battalion Royal Fusiliers, 1915

World War 1 Photos                                

»        Royal Fusiliers, including 23RF and 24RF

Museums & Libraries

The Fusiliers Museum, London

»        Article on “Real Sporting Heroes (includes a section on the Sportsmen’s Battalions)

Imperial War Museum, London

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