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Friday, 29 March 2013

BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : WALTER TULL - THE FIRST BLACK OFFICER IN THE BRITISH MILITARY : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS " :

Walter Daniel John Tull  -  born on April 1888 and died March 25th march 1918 was an English professional footballer who played as an inside forward for Tottenham Hotspur and Northampton Town. He was the second person of Afro-Caribbean/Mixed Heritage to play in top division of the football league, the first Afro-Caribbean/Mixed Heritage out field player in the top division of English Football and bthe first to be Commissioned as an Infantry Officer in the British Army. His professional football career began after he was spotted whilst playing for his local amateur club Clapton F.C. He began playing for Clapton F.C. in 1908 and within a few months he had won winners medals in the F.A.  Amateur Cup, London Country Amateur Cup and London Senior Cup. In March 1909 the football star his the catch of the season.

Took was brought up in a Natural Children home orphanage in Bethnal Green, London along with his brother folowing the death of their parents. He joined Tottenham in 1909 and transferred to Northampton Town in 1911 where he made 111 first team appearances. During the first world war war, Tull served in the Footballer Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment and fought in the battle of the Somme in 1916.  He was commissioned as Second Lieutenant on 30th May 1917 despite the 1914 Manual of Military Law specifically excluding " NEGROES "  "MULATTOES "  from exercising command as Officers. Tull fought in Italy in 1917 - 1918 and was killed on 25th March 1918 during a spring offensive. His body was never found and like most British Blacks has never been acknowledge by the State. How about a Statue on the Plinth on Trafalgar Square for a




































































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