Northampton events commemorating Edgar Mobbs and his ‘Sportsman Army’

Published: Monday, 24 July 2017

Centenary celebrations will be taking place in Northampton next week to commemorate the life of Edgar Mobbs, who is well known for raising his own ‘sportsman’ company after being turned down for being too old to join the Army in World War I.

A short service at Abington Square memorial gardens will launch the commemorations on Sunday 30 July. The service will begin at 11am, with the Mayor of Northampton, Cllr Gareth Eales, and David Parish from the Western Front Association laying wreaths, reading out the names of fallen soldiers and leading a two-minute silence.

Following the service, a series of talks will be given at Abington Park Museum in collaboration with the Western Front Association. The ticket only event, which starts at 2pm, will see local historians give five talks about Edgar and the Northamptonshire Regiment at the Battle of Ypres. These will include a key note speech titled ‘1917 and the Third Battle of Ypres’ from Dr Jim Beach, the Senior Lecturer in Twentieth Century History at the University of Northampton.

In addition, on 31 July, the anniversary of Edgar’s death, a commemorative ghost to accompany his statue in the Guildhall Courtyard, will be unveiled during a special event. The ghost will be available via the aurasma phone app, when the Ghosts of Northampton Past trail launches during the event.

Cllr Anna King, Cabinet member for the community engagement and safety, said: “Edgar Mobbs is a prominent figure in Northampton’s history and so it is only fitting that we are bringing communities together on the centenary anniversary of his death.

“We hope that people will join us on 30 July at the events we’ve organised with the Western Front Association as we commemorate Edgar’s life.”

Tickets for the In Memory of Edgar Mobbs: 100 Year Tribute to a Northampton Hero talks cost £6.50 per person and can be bought online or by calling 01604 838110.

Visit our website for more information about the Ghosts of Northampton Past trail.