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
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
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
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
Experiences as a Prisoner of War—Extracts from the Diary kept by "Mr. Brooks,
The Honours' List: Names of Officers and Men awarded Decorations and mentioned
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
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
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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