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Football Remembers

CWGC And Tottenham Hotspur Share Tull’s Legacy

05 December 2014

England international footballer Ledley King joined with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) this week to raise awareness of footballers who lost their lives fighting in the First World War.

The CWGC delivered a talk centered on the story of Walter Tull, an orphan who grew up to play professionally for Tottenham Hotspur prior to the outbreak of the First World War.

Tull broke new ground as the first black British army officer, a landmark that arrived after establishing himself as only the second black footballer to play elite level football in England.

The First World War saw Tull fight in and survive the first Battle of the Somme ahead of leading his army unit in Italy.

His life was ultimately cut short during the second Battle of the Somme.

At 33-years-old he died at an age when he could still have played football competitively.

Ledley King, a Spurs captain until his retirement in 2012, joined us for the talk at Tottenham Cemetery, where over 500 world war casualties are commemorated by the CWGC.

King gave his backing to our #LestWeForget social media campaign promoting a photographic record of remembrance.

Both the CWGC and Tottenham Hotspur are also supporting 'Football Remembers' from December 5-14.

Football Remembers will involve a series of events coordinated by the Premier League, The FA and the Football League in partnership with the British Council over ten days.

The CWGC will attend its Christmas Truce Football Tournament in Ypres on December 13.