Author and biographer Phil Vasili will be at Folkestone Museum on Saturday 24th
November to discuss the key episodes in Walter Tull's life; why his achievements were forgotten for so long and the competing narratives attempting to define his legacy.
Phil Vasili has recently published an updated version of his book: ‘Walter Tull 1888-1918, Footballer and Officer’. Vasili has worked with the descendants of the Tull family to explore Tull's life in depth and has been championing this unsung hero for many years, long before many people had even heard about his existence.
Walter Tull was born in Folkestone in 1888 and went on to become one of the first black professional football players with Spurs, Northampton Town and Rangers. He overcame prejudice to become the first black officer to lead white men in battle in WWI but was tragically killed in enemy action in Favreuil in the Pas-de-Calais 100 years ago on 25th March, 1918. His early years were spent very happily in Folkestone before the death of his parents foreshadowed his being sent to a Children’s Home in Bethnal Green at the age of 9.