Walter Tull is one of the remarkable sons of Folkestone.
He was born in Folkestone in 1888 and attended North Board School (now Mundella School). After being orphaned at an early age Walter moved to a children’s home in London. He was later talent spotted by Tottenham Hotspur football club and became a footballer, first for Tottenham and later for Northampton Town.
Walter enlisted for the Army in 1914 and subsequently became the first black officer in the British Army; he was killed in action on 25th March 1918.
From the collection of Step Short