Sunday, September 28, 2014

Walter Tull - 1888-1918

Black history is a chance to mull
Over the inspiring life of Walter Tull
From an orphanage to lead a white soldier
The British Army's very first black officer

Walter found it so tough at Spurs
Joined Northampton to escape racist slurs
Herbert Chapman and peace with the Cobblers
Alas no appearance for Glasgow Rangers

Walter lived life with dignity and aplomb
He fell tragically in the Battle of the Somme
Now coins commemorate this "Negro"
He is truly a bonafide British hero

© emdad rahman

The 1914 Manual of Military Law specifically excluded "Negroes" and "Mulattos" from exercising command as officers.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

From all accounts, a brave man & a decent footballer.