Person    | Male  Born 28/4/1888  Died 25/3/1918

Walter Tull

Footballer and army officer. Born Walter Daniel John Tull at 57 Walton Road, Folkestone. He served an apprenticeship as a printer, but turned to football as a career. He signed for Tottenham Hotspur in 1909 and moved to Northampton Town in 1911. In WW1 he served in both Footballers' Battalions of the Middlesex Regiment (17th and 23rd), eventually becoming the first black combat officer in the British army, despite army rules forbidding a black manfrom taking up such a role. Killed in action during the Spring Offensive, near the village of Favreuil in the Pas-de-Calais.

2018: The Guardian reports that Tull was recommended for a Military Cross but this was never awarded, and that there is a campaign, supported by 127 MPs for this medal to be awarded posthumously.

Credit for this entry to: Alan Patient of www.plaquesoflondon.co.uk

This section lists the memorials where the subject on this page is commemorated:
Walter Tull

Commemorated ati

Walter Tull

Walter Tull, 1888 - 1918, pioneering footballer for Tottenham Hotspur and pio...

Read More

Other Subjects

F. J. Clark

F. J. Clark

Co-partner or employee of the South Suburban Gas Company. Served but did not die in WW1.

Person, Armed Forces

War served, WW1
1 memorial
Royal Naval Air Service

Royal Naval Air Service

We can't find a date for when this was first formed; it seems to have come into existence gradually.  The use of aircraft for military and naval purposes was first discussed officially in 1908.  Tw...

Group, Armed Forces, Aviation

2 memorials
Rifleman Frederick William Pozzi

Rifleman Frederick William Pozzi

Frederick William Pozzi was born on 5 June 1889 in Edmonton, Middlesex, (now Greater London) the youngest of the four children of Albert Pozzi (1858-1894) and Emma Pozzi née Webster (1859-1929). On...

Person, Armed Forces, France

War dead, WW1
1 memorial
J. B. Owens

J. B. Owens

Employed at the Holloway bus/tram garage - Pemberton Gardens. Served and was killed in WW1.

Person, Armed Forces

War dead, WW1
1 memorial
William Allison White, VC

William Allison White, VC

Awarded the VC for his heroism on 18 September 1918, age 23, while serving in the Machine Gun Corps. "Three times he charged ahead and captured enemy guns and positions. His example of fearless and...

Person, Armed Forces

War served, WW1
1 memorial