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
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
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.