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Walter Tull - England's first black soccer player and WW1 hero history lesson

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This lesson is all about Walter Tull. He was the first black outfield football (soccer) player in England. He played for world famous Tottenham Hotspurs and Northampton Town before the outbreak of world War One. He overcame racism in football becoming one of the best and most loved players.

At the start of WW1 there was a colour bar in the British Armed forces and no person of colour was allowed to become an officer as this would mean he would be in charge of white soldiers. However, Walter was so inspirational and such an excellent soldier that he was promoted to Lieutenant. His men loved him and he was a great leader. Sadly he died in Flanders Fields in 1917. His men were so dedicated him that they spent several hours trying to reclaim his body from no-mans-land.

This lesson requires students to use the resources given to them to produce a fact file on Walter Tull. They should convey the important parts of his life and achievements. I have included a very rushed and not detailed example I made in a hurry as an example. Sadly I cannot include one that students have made as they are on the wall of my classroom!

Pack contains:
- 5 page resource handout with sources and information.
- An instruction sheet
- Websites that could be used for a web hunt activity to supplement the information in the pack.
- A quick example of what a fact file might look like.


With the anniversary of the outbreak of the first world war this year I think it is important that students learn of the contributions made by people from all different backgrounds.

I hope your students find this as informative as mine did.

You might also find my other resources on WW1 useful:

EYEWITNESS HISTORY – WHY DID SOME MEN DESERT DURING WW1? DBQ
Click here

A LETTER FROM THE TRENCHES
Click here

POETRY AND INTERPRETATION IN WORLD WAR ONE
Click here

THE DEATH PENALTY IN THE BRITISH ARMY; ANALYSE THE STATISTICS:
Click here

THE SOCCER MATCH THAT STOPPED A WAR:
Click here

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Black history WW1 British History sport heroes role models stories war
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Walter Tull - England's first black soccer player and WW1
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