Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 June 2016

208 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9781781380185

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Bookseller Code (06)

Black Tommies

British Soldiers of African Descent in the First World War

Ray Costello

Liverpool University Press

  • This is the first book entirely dedicated to a world-wide view of the part played by black soldiers in the First World War, the few others dealing with only part of the Black Diaspora.
  • The book adopts a prosopographical approach aimed at giving a face to soldiers of African descent and drawing attention to the interest and importance of their previously under-researched history.
  • As well as more recent sources, this book is packed with new material from primary sources and information gleaned from very rare secondary sources.
  • This study corrects the long held belief of Second Lieutenant Walter Tull being the first black officer in the British Army in a way that has not been seen in previous publications.

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