Edgar Mobbs Memorial recognised as a monument of historic interest

Published: Thursday, 03 August 2017

Northampton’s monument to Lieutenant Colonel Edgar Mobbs is now a protected site.

 The decision comes as Historic England announced 13 new and upgraded war memorial listings as part of their commemoration of the Battle of Passchendaele.

The memorial to Edgar Mobbs in the Garden of Remembrance on Kettering Road is among those added to the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest by the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Karen Bradley.

Public war memorials dedicated to individuals are rare so the site is now listed at Grade II* in order to protect its special interest.  It joins the Northampton County War Memorial which has also recently been added to the list at Grade II.

Councillor Tim Hadland, cabinet member for regeneration, enterprise and planning at Northampton Borough Council, said: “We are thrilled that Historic England and the Secretary of State recognise the significance not only of the memorial itself but also the immense bravery and leadership that Edgar Mobbs showed 100 years ago.

“We remember him with pride, and listed status will help ensure that future generations never forget the sacrifice that was made.”

Roger Bowdler, Director of Listing at Historic England, said: “Passchendaele was a truly grim affair, waged over three muddy, bloody months. It succeeded in wearing down the Germans and taking pressure off the French, but at a high cost in lives. These newly listed and upgraded memorials are just some of the tributes to the losses of so many.

Lieutenant Colonel Edgar Mobbs fought at the Battles of Loos, Somme, Arras and Messines and was killed in action on 31 July, the first day of the Battle of Passchendaele.