The Royal British Legion is supporting a campaign to posthumously award a Military Cross to Walter Tull, Britain’s first black Army Officer who was killed during the First World War…

To coincide with the 100th anniversary of Tull’s death, over 120 MPs signed a letter to the Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Defence asking for the medal be awarded to mark the centenary.

This year, the Legion is leading a national movement to thank all who served and sacrificed during the war, from those who lost their lives to those who played their part on the home front.

In particular, the Legion aims to highlight the contribution of those who have often been overlooked, including women, civilians and servicemen from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities.

Charles Byrne, Director General of the Legion, said: “During this centenary year, as we say ‘Thank You’ to the First World War generation who changed our world, the Legion lends its full support to this campaign.

“Walter Tull is a name that should be remembered. He was a man who deserves our thanks. Awarding him the Military Cross would be a meaningful first step in that positive direction.”

Tull was originally recommended for the medal after leading 26 men on a night raid against an enemy position. Prevailing prejudice against black soldiers is generally accepted as having prevented him from receiving the award at the time.

Prior to the war, Tull was one of the first black footballers to play in England’s top division. He was eventually killed in action on 25 March 1918.