New book tells the story of Northampton during the First World War

The 1st Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment with King George V and their adoptive mascot, a 12 year old Belgian boy.

The 1st Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment with King George V and their adoptive mascot, a 12 year old Belgian boy.

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A new book has been published telling stories of how the First World War affected people in Northampton

Great War Britain: Northampton offers an intimate portrayal of the area and its people living in the shadow of the Great War for five years.

Philip Sawford has worked with the Northampton Museums and Art Gallery to research some of the shocking and poignant stories in Northampton’s past. These include the attitudes towards German citizens living and working in the town.

It describes the local reaction to the outbreak of war, charts the experience of individuals who enlisted and reveals the changing face of industry in the town, including the boom in shoemaking as the demand for hard-wearing soldiers’ boots soared.

The book is published by The History Press and costs £12.99.