The presentation will be live and online.
Edgar Mobbs was a superstar of rugby – a huge celebrity in his home town of Northampton and beyond. He was a charismatic leader - captaining both Northampton Saints and England – as well as being one of the most exciting wingers the game had known. And he went on to become one of the First World War’s best known soldiers. Having been turned down for a commission on account of his age, he raised a company of men, joined as private and went on to rise through the ranks to command the 7th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. On 31 July 1917 he was killed while attacking a machine gun post in Shrewsbury Forest and the legend began.
Graham McKechnie is sports editor at BBC Radio Northampton and long-time collaborator with the late Jon Cooksey. Together they were working on a soon-to-be-published biography of Mobbs. Graham will recount the life of this extraordinary sportsman and many of his team-mates who also went to war.
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It is also possible to register by clicking this link: Edgar Mobbs – A rugby icon in the First World War
The talk will be undertaken using the 'zoom' software which is freely available. It may not be necessary to load the software to your PC / iPad etc: but we would recommend doing so if you wish to participate in this event.