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Walter Tull, Britain’s first black Army officer – Something rotten

Walter Tull, Britain’s first black Army officer

It is reported Private Tom Billingham – a former goalkeeper for Leicester Fosse – attempted to drag Tull’s body back to the British position so he could be buried. His efforts failed and Walter’s body lay in the soil of northern France, like so many that fought and died in the Great War.

Tull’s life is now commemorated at the Arras Memorial, meticulously maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves. His name is engraved along with 34,785 other soldiers with no known grave, who died in the area between the spring of 1916 and 7 August 1918.

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