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The 12th Btn. Royal Fusiliers served with the 24th Division near St Eloi during the 1917 Battle of Messines.

Those who served with the 12th Btn. Royal Fusiliers

at The Battle of Messines.

  • Burchett
  • Cecil Pte. d.14th Jun 1917
  • Wrightson
  • Frederick Leonard

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

    Michael Foley

    This is the history of the Sportsmen's Battalion, Royal Fusiliers 23rd service battalion, which consisted almost entirely of men from the world of sport or entertainment. The battalion was privately raised and took men up to the age of 45. The battalion included a champion boxer, cricketers, footballers, MPs and the author John Chessire. They were men who did not need to serve in the First World War but had an unquestioning sense of duty. The history is enhanced by the letters and drawings by John Chessire, giving a first-hand account of their experiences. A man from the upper classes, a writer, poet and artist, he chose to serve as a private so he could do his duty, even when it conflicted with his religious beliefs and love for his family. The book covers the battalion's beginnings in London and progression to Hornchurch, France and then Germany. It includes their time at Vimy Ridge, at the Somme and at the Battle for Deville Wood.

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