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Black British in World War I

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  • Sapper William Tull (1882 - 1920)
    > Casualty of the Great War, William was a Sapper in the Royal Engineers~Service No:545340. He died of the effects of gas poisoning sustained in the trenches on the Western Front.> He left a widow,Gert...
    Second Lieutenant Walter Tull (1888 - 1918)
    > Walter Daniel John Tull (28 April 1888 – 25 March 1918) was an English professional footballer and British Army officer of Afro-Caribbean descent. He played as an inside forward for Tottenham Hotspur...
  • Lady Margaret Elizabeth Hope Archer (1889 - 1975)
    "MARGARET ELIZABETH HOPE BEWES was the eldest child of REGINALD ANSTIS BEWES of Plymouth by his wife ALICE ANNE ELIZABETH (nee HOPE). She was born at Braeside, Plymouth on 20 June 1889, and was baptise...

This project will highlight British-born Blacks who fought in World War I.


Notable Black British soldiers in WWI include:

  • Second Lieutenant Walter Tull (1888-1918) who was one of the first Black British officers. His older brother, Sapper William Tull (1882-1920), appears to have also served in WWI (his records are missing) which raises the possibility that they are amongst the first two Black British brothers to serve together.

Norman Washington Manley survived and was awarded a Military Medal. His brother Roy was killed.

Others are George Edward Kingsley Bemand also one of the first black British officers, and his brother Harold Leslie who both perished, and Ralph Ernest Vignalë and his brother Otto Rudolf (family surname sometimes recorded as Vignali) who both survived.