Saturday, February 23, 2013
Walter Tull - 17th Middx Regt (Football Battalion) Bolton Octagon Theatre
Walter Tull - 17th Middlesex Regt - 1st Football Battalion
Following the extraordinary success of War Horse, the novel by Michael Morpurgo that inspired the National Theatre and then Steven Spielberg, another forgotten tale from the first world war is now set to find a wider audience.
Nearly a century after the great conflict began, Bolton's Octagon Theatre will mount a play telling the story of Walter Tull, one of Britain's first black footballers, who joined the 1st Football Battalion and went on to die on the Somme as the first black army officer. Cited for bravery under fire, Tull did not receive the posthumous recognition many now believe he deserves.