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Former Northampton Town footballer Walter Tull to feature on £5 coin

The Royal Mint's �5 commemorative coin for Walter Tull, ex-Northampton footballer and who was killed in action in the First World War

The Royal Mint's �5 commemorative coin for Walter Tull, ex-Northampton footballer and who was killed in action in the First World War

The Royal Mint has unveiled a new commemorative £5 coin to honour former Northampton Town footballer Walter Tull as part of a First World War series.

Tull, the first black officer in the British army and one of Britain’s first black footballers, will be remembered on a special set of coins released by the Royal Mints as part of commemorations of the centenary of the First World War.

Tull, who played professional football for Northampton Town and Tottenham before joining the Army, was killed in action in France in March 1918.

He had been promoted to officer rank during the war despite a ban on black officers.

Tull fought in the Somme in 1916 and led his company of 26 men to safety in Italy. He later returned to nothern France where he was killed.

In July 1999 Northampton Town FC unveiled a memorial to Tull at Sixfields Stadium.

The Royal Mint said the coin, designed by David Cornell, also shows troops going over the top and features the poppy.

Kevin Clancy, director of the Royal Mint Museum, said: “The war years exposed the very best and worst of human nature and our intention is for the collection to evolve over the coming years to reflect that duality, while exploring topics as diverse as propaganda and weaponry, as well as the great bravery of ordinary people who went on to perform extraordinary acts, as represented by figures like Walter Tull.”

The Tull coin is part of a set of six commemorative issues which will be released later this year.

 

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