The life of Walter Tull

The life of Walter Tull


In the course of the second half of the Winter Term, 2015 local Historian Phil Vasili, artist, Elaine Taylor and filmmaker Rory Gault worked with the Year 5 teachers and pupils of Sunnyhill School on a project about Walter Tull.

Walter Tull was born in Folkestone in 1888 and raised in an orphanage but he became the first black professional football player in England as well as the first black officer in the British army. He was killed in action in France in 1918.

Under the guidance of Mr Vasili, the children of Year 5 researched the life of Walter Tull using books, medals, photographs and newspaper clippings from the time. With the help of Ms Taylor the children then created 3D collages, each focusing on a key phase of Walter's life. 

The completed work was then shown to other teachers and children of the School in a special assembly, for which the children wrote their own scripts.

The work was filmed by Rory Gault and the resultant film is also viewable as part of a special exhibition at Stockwell Library.

We hope you enjoy the film and the amazing work that the children undertook!