The year 5 and 6 pupils from Vernon Park Primary School recently wrote to me asking that Walter Tull, a pioneering black football and soldier in World War One, should be awarded a medal posthumously for the bravery shown during the War.
Not only did Walter fight in the First World War but he also fought adversity having been orphaned at a young age and despite racial abuse, he became a prominent footballer for Tottenham Hostpur.
I wrote to the Defence Secretary enclosing the children’s letters and received a response from the Minister which sadly confirmed that Walter would not be receiving a medal but significant efforts have been put in place to commemorate Walter’s achievements and life.
The Tull100 project was launched on the centenary of Walter’s death. The project aims to promote equality and the inclusivity of everyone in football; working through football clubs, schools, community networks and youth groups.
The minister’s response can be found here.