Explore the life and times of Walter Tull, one of Britain’s first black army officers, who served during the First World War.
Walter Tull (28 April 1888 - 25 March 1918) was a professional footballer and British Army officer. His father was Barbadian, his mother was from Kent.
He joined the Army in December 1914, serving in the Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex) Regiment, including the two Football Battalions. In 1917, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant, making him one of the first black men to receive a commission in the British Army.
Walter Tull was killed in action on 25 March 1918. He is commemorated on the Arras Memorial.Download the transcript