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The 1st Sportsman’s Battalion, (officially the 23rd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers), was formed at the Hotel Cecil on The Strand in September 1914, and included some well-known sporting personalities of the day. Among its number were several county cricketers, golfers, athletes, travellers and adventurers. The 3,100 records contained in this collection have been compiled from the battalion’s nominal roll, honours’ list, and roll of honour which was first published in 1920. The information typically gives details of name, rank, number (in the case of Other Ranks), awards, and casualties.