While researching the local
connections of Walter Tull, we came across many
documents. Below is the note from the North Board School,
Folkestone, log book. On 23rd February 1898 is this entry:
|It reads: "Ed and Walter Tull left
today for Dr Stephenson's Homes." It records the day the
two boys left the school, to be cared for by the
orphanage in London
In 1912 J Lees, a cigarette
manufacturer of Northampton, issued collectible
cards depicting players for Northampton Town Football
Club. Walter Tull was one of the footballers featured.
image from Paul Bowditch, Rare Sports
|This is a copy of the
signature from Walter Tull's enlistment form. It is
dated 21st December 1914.
|Note that the name "Daniell"
is consistently spelt with two "l's"
Below is a copy of the card filled in when Walter's headteacher, Mr Mummery, at the North Board school
requested that his name be recorded on the War Memorial
at Folkestone. The address on the card is that of
Walter's brother, William. The memorial is shown on the
right; it is at the top of the Road of
Remembrance, down which the troops marched to
embark for the Western Front.
There was also a memorial
erected at Walter Tull's old school. in 1921. It was of
polished walnut, designed by Mr Arthur Parsons,
and was unveiled on 29th April by Alderman
Spurgeon. 624 boys from the school had fought,
and of them 91 had died. Walter Tull was one of
the casualties whose name was on that memorial.
We have tried to find the
memorial but with no success. It may have been
destroyed when the school was damaged in the
second World War. We do now have a
photograph of the memorial, but if you have any
about it, do please
let us know.
with grateful thanks to Pauline Davey for all
with thanks to The Folkestone Herald for their assistance
and with thanks to the present headteacher, Mrs Lynn Seal, and staff at Walter
Tull's old school.
headstone (left) is in the churchyard of St Lawrence, Church
Hougham. It's a double-sided one, belonging to the Paramor
family. Mary Ann Paramor married in 1853 William Palmer, the
great uncle of Walter Tull by virtue of being the brother of
Walter's grandfather, Stephen. It's interesting because it's
one of the headstones remaining at Hougham to mention a
Palmer, in this instance Bradley Palmer, first cousin once
removed to Walter Tull.
The first side reads: In memory of / Joseph son of / William
& Maria Paramor / who died Novr.27th 1865 / aged
37 years / Left surviving Sarah Jane his wife / Also of
William G. Edwards / son of the above / who died June 14th
1866 / aged 12 years / Also of Bradley Paramor / who died
Feby 24th 1884 / aged 49 years / In the midst of
life we are in death //
The second side
reads: - Sacred / to the Memory of / Wm. Paramor / who died Novr.
19th 1866 / aged 66 years / Left surviving a wife /
and ten children / Also / Bradley William Palmer / grandson of
the above / who died May 17th 1866 / aged 3 years /
Also of Frances Maria / youngest daughter of the above / who
died Sept.15th 1864 / aged 21 years/ When musing
sorrow weeps the past / And mourns the present pain / How sweet
to think of peace at last / And feel that death is gain / Also
of Maria widow of the above / who died May 28th 1893
/ aged 90 years/ And of Frederick Paramor / fifth son of the
above / who was accident(al)ly drowned at Rotterdam / March 21st
1882 aged 46 years //
There are records of Palmers in Hougham
church registers going back to 1659
The photo is by Andy and
Michelle Cooper, February 2009. The transcription was from Susan
Lees, via a Palmer family descendent