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23rd Bn (First Sportsmans) Royal Fusiliers - A record of its services in the Great War

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23rd Bn (First Sportsmans) Royal Fusiliers - A record of its services in the Great War

by Fred Ward

Published 1920

Includes roll of honour and Roll of those who served

The Sportsmans Battalion was formed in London and was one of the Pals Battalions, excepting it was based on an individuals sporting prowess. So many wanted to join a second Sportmans Battalion was formed. As such the Sportsmans Battalion was unique in many ways having a mix of educated and sporting members, being quite cosmopolitan with few class distinctions. It was felt that the cream of the nation had answered the call.

The battalion served in France from 1914-19


The Sportsmen
From Major-General Sir C.E. Pereira, K.C.B., C.M.G.
From Major-General R.O. Kellett, C.B., C.M.G.
Formation of the Battalion, the Honours gained, and its Record in Brief
A New Type of Soldier—The Cosmopolitan Composition of the Battalion
Training at Home—How the Finished Soldier Emerged from the Rough Material
Service Overseas—Heavy Fighting all along the Front, and a Triumphal March into Germany
Great Work accomplished—Holding up a German Advance— Silencing Snipers in a Derelict Tank—And some other Things
Presentation of the King's Colour—Major-General Sir C.E. Pereira, K.C.B., C.M.G., and his Pride in the Battalion
"Good-bye and Good Luck"—Brigadier-General A.E. McNamara, C.M.G., D.S.O., and his Farewell to the 23rd Royal Fusiliers
The Battle of Delville Wood—An Advance in Face of Hundreds of Machine Guns—A Personal Narrative
Experiences as a Prisoner of War—Extracts from the Diary kept by "Mr. Brooks, the Schoolmaster"
The Honours' List: Names of Officers and Men awarded Decorations and mentioned in Despatches
The Roll of Honour: Officers and other Ranks who died that England might live
The Nominal Roll: Names and Numbers of the Original Members of the Battalion who joined either at the Hotel Cecil, London, or at Hornchurch, Essex
Editor's Note


Colonel the Viscount Maitland Frontispiece
First Inspection of Battalion: Hyde Park, October, 1914 to face p
Marching away from Hyde Park to entrain for Hornchurch
The Camp, Hornchurch
Interior of a Hut, Hornchurch
Lieutenant-Colonel H.A. Vernon, D.S.O.
Lieutenant-Colonel E.A. Winter, D.S.O., M.C.
Presentation of Colours: Niederaussem, Germany, June 24, 1919
Battalion Headquarters, Hornchurch
The Battalion Pierrot Troupe: Germany


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