The Walter Tull Archive


Welcome to the Walter Tull Archive.

Walter Daniel John Tull (1888-1918) was one of Britain’s first black professional footballers. He played for Clapton, Tottenham Hotspur and Northampton Town and had arranged to sign for Glasgow Rangers.

He was also one of the British Army’s first black commissioned officers. He was recommended for a Military Cross for his bravery and leadership in Italy – an award that he never received. He died at the second Battle of the Somme on 25th March 1918.

As the descendants of Walter Tull we are the custodians of the papers, memorabilia and photographs that comprise the Walter Tull Archive.

We are aware that for some time now Walter’s story has been adopted as an inspiration and role model in school curriculum, by community projects, in art and culture, in sport and media, and in the struggle against racism.

We have established the Walter Tull Archive in order to provide a clear record of our original family material relating to Walter’s life, and the manner in which individuals, or organisations may seek access to this information.