For years, it was reported that Walter Tull was the first black officer to serve in the British army, during World War One:
It was a particularly interesting story because Tull is famous as one the early black professional footballers in Britain, playing for Tottenham Hotspurs in the English First Division. He had been born in England of a Barbadian father and English mother. Tull died during the war in 1918.
Well, history was rewritten by the discovery of a plaque showing Euan Lucie-Smith, a Jamaican-born soldier (white English civil servant father and ‘coloured’ Jamaican mother) and officer during WW1. He was killed during the Second Battle of Ypres in 1915. The plaque went up for auction in November and was sold to the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Museum (Royal Warwickshire) for a hammer price £8,500, a record price for such plaques.
Warwickshire history now claims another famous son, alongside William Shakespeare and many others.
His public school is proud to have a piece of the historic pie, now in the Royal Warwick Museum:
However, apart from being born in Jamaica, Lucie-Smith has a connection with Wolmer’s School, featuring on a plaque of those who served in wars.
A Wikipedia entry now covers key points of Lucie-Smith’s life: