Black Poppy Rose Archives

Arthur Roberts

Arthur Roberts

Arthur Roberts
King’s Own Scottish Borderers
 2nd Battalion
Royal Scots Fusiliers.

‘Scotland’s Black Tommy’

Born in Bristol, however his family moved to Glasgow. Here he went to school
and worked as a marine engineer.
He was the only Black man in his regiment.


Norman Manley

Norman Manley

Norman Manley
Royal Field Artillery

In 1915 Norman Manley was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University and it was from there he conscripted into the army to serve in WWI.. He was a gunner in 1915 and rose to rank of Sergeant .

1916 – sent to Somme

Brother: Roy Manley, was killed in a German bombardment in Ypres in 1917: War grave can be found in Poperinghe New Military Cemetery in Belgium.



•1918 – Miltary Medal
•1920 – British War Medal
•1914-1919 – Victoria Medal
•1937 George V Correnation Medal
•1957 Queen Elizabeth Correnation Medal
•1962 – Jamaica Independence Medal

George Bemand

George Bemand Leslie Bemand


George Bemand joined the University of London Officers Training Corps  in October 1914 and (in May 1915) applied for a commission in the 30th (County Palatine) Divisional Artillery.


In May 1915 Bemand became a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Field Artillery. He went to the Western Front in August 1916.  In October 1916, he transferred to “Y” 5 Trench Mortar Battery, attached to 5th Division. On Boxing Day 1916, he was killed by a shell.


Leslie Bemand served in the Artillery. Died of his wounds in Belgium 1917

Walter Tull


Walter Tull Footballer

Battalion: Middlesex Regiment

During the First World War Tull served in both Footballers' Battalions of the Middlesex Regiment, 17th and 23rd, and also in the 5th Battalion, rising to the rank of sergeant and fighting in the  Battle of the Somme  in 1916. When Tull was commissioned as Second Lieutenant  on 30 May 1917