First Black Officer In The British Army To Feature On £5 Coin

Walter Tull

Walter Tull

Via The Guardian

The first black officer in the British Army will be remembered on a special set of coins released by the Royal Mint as part of commemorations of the centenary of the first world war.

Kent-born Walter Tull, who was promoted to officer rank during the war despite a ban on black officers, died in battle in 1918.

Tull was also one of the first black footballers to play at the highest level in the UK, appearing for Tottenham before moving to Northampton Town, where he is commemorated with a statue.

Campaigners, including the former Tottenham player Garth Crooks, petitioned the government last year to posthumously award Tull a Military Cross for his heroism.

He fought on the Somme in 1916 and became the first black combat officer in the British army, despite a military rule excluding “negroes” from exercising actual command. Tull was cited for “gallantry and coolness” for leading his company of 26 men to safety in Italy, but returned to northern France where he was killed in March 1918. Continue Reading….

Former Spurs player Garth Crooks

Former Spurs player Garth Crooks

Well it’s about time.

But I am surprised to read that former footballer Garth Crooks was moved enough to petition the government to posthumously award Tull with a Military Cross.  

Crooks, the same black man who during a TV debate show (years ago) went out of his way to DEFEND a football manager who had racially abused a black player. While Garth sat there making excuses for the manager’s behaviour and claiming he wasn’t a racist, an older Caucasian gentleman looked at Garth and accused him of speaking on someone else’s behalf. 

Yeah… I have a long memory. 

More about Tull…

Walter Tull was born in Folkestone, Kent, the son of Barbadian carpenter Daniel Tull and Kent-born Alice Elizabeth Palmer. His grandmother was a slave in Barbados. Tull was of mixed heritage, and was referred to as “black”.

Following the deaths of his parents, his mother Alice dying in 1895 and his father Daniel in 1897, he was brought up in a National Children’s Home orphanage in Bethnal Green with his brother Edward. Edward was adopted by the Warnock family of Glasgow, and qualified as a dentist, the first black/mixed heritage person to practice this profession in the United Kingdom. Click here for more information about Tull.

Rest In Peace Walter Tull. 

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September 2014
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