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Road to be named after Britain’s first black army officer

HONOURED: Walter Tull

BRITAIN’S FIRST black army officer Walter Tull is to be honoured by having a new road named after him in the town where he was born.

Tull, who was also one of Britain’s pioneering black professional footballers, grew up near Shepway Close in east Folkestone, Kent.

A road leading off Shepway Close will now be called Walter Tull Way. Shepway District Council said the road will lead to a new housing development on former council land.

“It is highly appropriate that we should name this road after Walter Tull,” said Cllr David Monk, leader of Shepway District Council. “As we are recalling the centenary of World War 1 this year, and Folkestone has so many connections with the conflict, it is very fitting to remember Walter in this way.”

Tull, whose father was from Barbados, went to nearby Mundella Primary School and before the war, played for football team, Tottenham Hotspur.

He later went to war as the first British black officer in the British Army during World War I and was killed in action leading his men into battle.

A campaign is also now underway to get Tull the Military Cross. Although recommended for the Military Cross, Tull never received it, Shepway council said.

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