Re­mem­ber them to­day

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - NEWS -

He was first black Bri­tish Army of­fi­cer to com­mand white troops.

And to­day, 100 years af­ter his death, Sec­ond Lieu­tenant Wal­ter Daniel Tull is be­ing com­mem­o­rated as part of Danny Boyle’s Pages Of The Sea remembrance project.

His com­mand as an of­fi­cer in the First World War caused con­ster­na­tion in Army cir­cles as it was in direct con­flict with the 1914 Man­ual of Mil­i­tary Law which ex­cluded non-whites from ex­er­cis­ing au­thor­ity.

But de­spite ad­ver­sity, Tull ex­celled both in his pro­fes­sional foot­ball ca­reer – be­ing signed by Rangers on Feb­ru­ary 2 1917–an­dasanArmy of­fi­cer.

He was rec­om­mended for the award of the Mil­i­tary Cross and mem­bers of his fam­ily want it to be awarded posthu­mously.

But Tull’s great grand­nephew, Tor Jus­tad, said: “It is his over­com­ing of prej­u­dice and dis­crim­i­na­tion that for me per­son­ally should be most com­mended.”

How the Pages of the Sea

Wal­ter Daniel Tull

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