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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    7. 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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    • Christopher Bean LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 4 days ago

      Because not honouring this war hero and recognising the struggle he went through, and sacrifices made for our country makes our current claims of equality a lie.

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    • Terrence Lodge NORTHAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 5 days ago

      It is a sign of growing maturity of the country I was born. Being half Afro-American I begin to understand what he went through. Despite adversity through no fault of his own. He gave his all, his life for the country of his birth. No greater love has anyone. He deserves the respect afforded his action.

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    • Mark Palmer LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 11 days ago

      Tull was denied the MC because he was black. Cameron knows he can correct this now.

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    • Jackie Nurse TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA
      • 12 days ago

      -Family of Military Service Personnel

      -Walter Tull's History stands tall

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    • Dudley Brooke BLACKPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 17 days ago

      He deserved it then, better now than not at all!

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