Museum to remember the lives of the fallen

Published: Friday, 07 April 2017

Abington Park Museum is to commemorate the centenary of the fall of The Shoemakers.

The museum is hosting a memorial service and evening of historical talks on Wednesday 19 April to remember the men of the 4th Territorial Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment, known as The Shoemakers.

The majority of the battalion were local shoe makers and leather workers from Northampton and this year marks the hundredth anniversary of their fall during battle in Gaza.

The memorial service commemorating the men who fought for their town and country will take place at 3pm and is open to all members of the public.

The evening of talks, delivered in association with the Western Front Association, will begin at 7.30pm. Rebecca Shawcross, Senior Shoe Curator at Northampton Museum and Gallery, will present alongside David Parrish, Chair of the Northampton branch of the Western Front Association, and Alison Butler of the Western Front Association who will be launching her new book: “From the Drill Hall to the Holy Land: The 4th Territorial Battalion”.

Tickets for the evening event cost £10 and may be booked in advance or on the day. Call 01604 837397 to book or find out more at

The memorial service and talks will take place at Abington Park Museum on Wednesday 19 April and objects pertaining to the 4th Battalion, as well as shoemaking, will be on display throughout the day.