Folkestone’s Forgotten Hero…

Folkestone War Hero honoured by local company

Celebrating the life of Walter Tull

Centenary of the First World War Poppy collectable.

Walter Tull is probably not a name widely recognised but this extraordinary war hero is being honoured by first day cover producers, Buckingham Covers.

2018 marks 100 years since the end of World War One and also the fall of Folkestone’s Walter Tull who was killed in action in France during the Spring Offensive.

This weekend, 25th March 2018, marks exactly 100 years since he was killed, Folkestone’s Buckingham Covers have produced a limited edition Great War Centenary Poppy cover honouring Tull and his war efforts. The collectable includes a Royal Mail sponsored Folkestone, Road of Remembrance postmark and a specially designed ink handstamp. This genuine collectable is produced by the world leaders in first day and commemorative stamp collectables and priced at just £10.95.

Tull was a professional footballer, soldier & a fallen hero. He served in the Footballer’s Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment, Commissioned as Second Lieutenant May 1917. During his footballing days he was an inside forward for Tottenham Hotspur and Northampton Town. He was also just the third person of mixed heritage to play in the top division of the Football League.

Tull was born and raised in Folkestone, the son of Barbadian carpenter Daniel Tull and Kent-born Alice Elizabeth Palmer. His grandfather was a slave in Barbados. His maternal English grandmother was from Kent. He began his education at North Board School, now known as Mundella Primary School. A true local hero, he was mentioned in dispatches for ‘gallantry & coolness’ whilst leading 26 men on a raiding party into enemy territory.

Tull took part in six battles in WWI including the Battle of the Somme, Battle of Messines, the 3rd Battle of Ypres and the Second Battle of the Somme.

There is a blue plaque in his honour close to Tottenham Hotspurs’ White Hart Lane football stadium and a bronze statue of him in Northampton. The road behind Northampton Town FC’s ground is also known as the ‘Walter Tull Way’.

2018 will see a large number of milestone celebrations including the Centenary of the End of World War One, 100 Years of Votes for Women and the Centenary of the Royal Air Force. All of which will be celebrated by Folkestone’s Buckingham Covers. Contact for more info and email to receive the latest magazine for FREE!

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