Prime Minister David Cameron: To posthumously award Walter Tull the Military Cross
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Prime Minister David Cameron: To posthumously award Walter Tull the Military Cross

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      Operation Black Vote and BARAC

This petition calls upon David Cameron to posthumously award Walter Tull the Military Cross for which he was recommend.

Walter Tull was the first Black officer in the British Army. He was also Britain’s first Black professional footballer too. During the First World War, due discriminatory rules Black people were barred from becoming officers. However, Tull’s superiors demanded that he be promoted due to his ability and the way he distinguished himself in key battles. He was promoted no less than three times.

Before joining the army Tull played top flight football for Tottenham Hotspur, becoming the UK first Black outfield pro. Although Tull was often subject to racist abuse his dignity shamed his abusers. One report highlighted, ‘Tull is so clean in mind and method as to be a model for all white men.’

But it was on the battle field, and the respect that his peers and superiors had for him which makes him stand out. 
2nd Lieutenant Walter Daniel John Tull led his men on dangerous missions behind enemy lines and returned without loss or injury. For these acts of bravery, he was cited for his "gallantry and coolness" under fire by Major General Sir Sydney Lawford, his commanding officer and he was recommended for the Military Cross.

That recommendation never reached the right military authorities. Despite being wounded Walter Tull returned to the front to lead his men into battle on numerous occasions. 
Returning to the Somme in 1918 Walter Tull was killed in battle as he was helping his men retreat to safety. He died on the battle field.

So moved by the story, particularly in regard to Tull not been awarded his medal the best selling author Michael Morpurgo of War Horse fame, wrote his next book as poigniot and moving tribute to Tull. ‘ A Medal for Leroy’.

Help us right this wrong to this extraordinary sporting and military hero so that he may be posthumously awarded the Military Cross.

Supported by Former Totthenham Hotspurs player, Garth Crooks , Cllr Lester Holloway, and Cllr  Patrick Vernon, founder of 100 GreatBlack Britons

www.obv.org.uk

http://blackactivistsrisingagainstcuts.blogspot.co.uk

www.100greatblackbritons.com/

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Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Prime Minster of the United Kingdom
To posthumously award Walter Tull the Military Cross

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      Graham Tutthill writes movingly when he discovers the famous man he is writing about is his relative.

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    8. A MEDAL FOR WALTER TULL

      Article about Walter Tull by Lee Jasper, co-chair of BARAC with introduction by Simon Woolley of OBV

      A medal for Walter Tull | OBV

      Introduction by Simon Woolley A few months ago, a good friend of mine- Dave Pearson - badgered me to read Michael Morpurgo's 'A medal for Leroy'. 'Simon, you have to read this book, it's a tribute to Walter Tull, Britain's first Black professional'.

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    • paul Jackson BANGKOK, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 14 hours ago

      Its the right thing to do.

      Honour our fighting heroes.

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    • Bev Garnon SHROPSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 1 day ago

      He should not be discriminated because of the colour of his skin . Give him the medal he deserves. He gave his life on the battlefield.

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    • Cat Stone NORTHAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 6 days ago

      I am a primary school teacher and we have been learning about Walter Tull. We believe that Walter Tull should be awarded his medal because of his bravery on the battlefields. We heard that the reason why he hasn’t been awarded this yet is possibly due to the fact that he is black. We think this is racist and unacceptable.

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    • Hana Sarimin LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 6 days ago

      I am currently learning about Walter at school and I think he should have received that medal when he was alive however he did not most likely because he was black. So I think Walter would be very grateful to finally be awarded his medal.

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    • Arthur McArthur DUNOON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 9 days ago

      Because he deserved it. Black or White

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