The inspirational story of Walter Tull, a black professional footballer in the early 1900s, who went on to fight in the First World War. Walter was only the second black player in football league history when he played for Tottenham Hotspur in 1909. During his time in the army, Walter progressed into the officer ranks, but was killed in France in 1918.

This clip incorrectly mentions that Walter Tull was awarded the Military Cross.

This clip is from:
Primary History, Black Britons 2
First broadcast:
25 May 2007

Students should try to think of reasons why Walter Tull decided to volunteer for the Army in 1914. As well as looking at Tull's background and football career, they should consider wider motives which have influenced men to volunteer at the start of the war. Research the background of soldiers from the local area and identify if there were any Pals battalions set up.