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Walter Tull

Walter Tull

Walter Tull (1888-1918) was a Black British professional footballer and British Army officer.

Walter Tull was born in Kent, England. His father was a carpenter and son of a slave in Barbados. His mother was from Kent.

In 1895, Walter's mother died, followed by his father in 1897. Walter and his brother, Edward, were sent to the Methodist Children's Home and Orphanage in Bethnal Green, London.

Walter Tull began playing professional football for Tottenham Hotspur in 1909. He then transferred to Northamptown in 1911. He was the first Northampton Town player enlist in the British Army when war broke out in 1914. Tull was killed in action on 25 March 1918.