Walter Tull: calls for first black British army officer to be honoured

Calls are growing for Walter Tull, the first black person to serve as an officer in the British army, to be posthumously awarded a military cross as the centenary of his death on the battlefield approaches.
Tull, who was a professional footballer at the outbreak of the first world war, gained his commission as a second lieutenant in 1917, having served as a non-commissioned officer in the Somme and in other battles in France and Italy.
A crossbench group of 127 MPs has written to the prime minister asking that Tull be awarded the medal, calling him a “true British hero” and saying his... read more

 
23 March 2018 in World News, Views: 53
Source: Guardian
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