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Captain Sir Tom Moore dies aged 100 after battle with coronavirus

The Queen tonight led tributes to inspirational war veteran and fundraising hero Captain Sir Tom Moore who has died aged 100 after being admitted to hospital with coronavirus. 

A ray of light shining through the tragedies of the pandemic, he raised more than £32million for the NHS by walking 100 laps of his garden before his milestone birthday.

His unrelenting optimism and belief that ‘tomorrow will be a good day’ endeared him to fans around the world and news of his death prompted a flood of tributes.

Today it was announced the centenarian had passed away peacefully in Bedford Hospital with his devoted family by his side for his final hours.

His daughters Hannah Ingram-Moore and Lucy Teixeira hailed the last year of his life as ‘nothing short of remarkable’, and said: ‘He was rejuvenated and experienced things he’d only ever dreamed of.’ 

Her Majesty this evening sent a message to Captain Tom’s grieving relatives and told of her joy at meeting him in person when he was knighted in July. 

A statement from Buckingham Palace said: ‘The Queen is sending a private message of condolence to the family of Captain Sir Tom Moore.

‘Her Majesty very much enjoyed meeting Captain Sir Tom and his family at Windsor last year. Her thoughts and those of the Royal Family are with them.’

The London Eye, Wembley Stadium, and Blackpool Tower tonight all lit up in his honour and Downing Street lowered its flags to half-mast as Boris Johnson paid tribute to Captain Tom, who he hailed as a ‘beacon of hope in the world’. 

Inspirational war veteran and fundraising hero Captain Sir Tom Moore has died aged 100 after being admitted to hospital

His family announced Captain Tom had died at 4.05pm today with this social media post celebrating his life from 1920 -2021

His family announced Captain Tom had died at 4.05pm today with this social media post celebrating his life from 1920 -2021

The last picture: This was the final picture of Captain Tom, released by his family on January 18 with his loved ones around him

The last picture: This was the final picture of Captain Tom, released by his family on January 18 with his loved ones around him

Captain Tom receiving his knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II during a ceremony at Windsor Castle. He raised almost £33m.

Captain Tom receiving his knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II during a ceremony at Windsor Castle. He raised almost £33m.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that Captain Sir Tom was a hero in the truest sense of the world and a beacon of hope

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that Captain Sir Tom was a hero in the truest sense of the world and a beacon of hope

The Union flags above Downing Street have been lowered to half mast to honour Captain Sir Tom Moore who died today

The Union flags above Downing Street have been lowered to half mast to honour Captain Sir Tom Moore who died today

A member of the public leaves a candle outside the home of Captain Sir Tom Moore after his death was announced tonight

A member of the public leaves a candle outside the home of Captain Sir Tom Moore after his death was announced tonight

From Yorkshire to India: Colonel Tom Moore’s career in the military

Colonel Tom pictured during the Second World War. Boris Johnson described him as a national treasure during the Covid-19 crisis after raising almost £33million for the NHS

Colonel Tom pictured during the Second World War. Boris Johnson described him as a national treasure during the Covid-19 crisis after raising almost £33million for the NHS

Captain Tom Moore was conscripted into the British Army in June 1940 when he was 20, alongside all men aged 20 to 35.  

He began his military career in Otley, West Yorkshire, where he joined the 8th Battalion, the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment under Lieutenant Lord George Saville.

The Regiment was sent to train in Wadebridge, Cornwall where they were tasked with coastal defence amid a predicted German invasion.

A young Captain Moore was soon promoted to Corporal and sent to the officer cadet training unit in Droitwich Spa. Here, he celebrated his 21st birthday after he passed as a Second Lieutenant.

In August 1941, he was sent to the DWR headquarters in Halifax where he joined the 9th Battalion at Winchcombe.  

The infantry battalion then converted to an armoured regiment 146th Royal Armoured Corp, though the majority of the soldiers could not drive.

Captain Moore is pictured front centre during his days in the Army. He joined the Armed Forces in 1940 when he was aged 20

Captain Moore is pictured front centre during his days in the Army. He joined the Armed Forces in 1940 when he was aged 20

In October, the unit was posted to Bombay, now Mumbai, in India. The journey took six weeks by sea, with a four-day delay in Freetown, Sierra Leone and a four-day stop in Cape Town.

Captain Moore then took a train from Bombay to Poona, before arriving at Kirkee, a town now known as Khadki.

The 9th DWR formed the 50th Indian Tank Brigade under the command of Brigadier Schreiber.

Captain Moore was then asked by the Brigadier to start a motorcycling course for the Brigade due to his expertise for the sport.    

The Brigade was then ordered to move to Calcutta – the road journey was in a monsoon and took three weeks. 

His Battalion was stationed in the Lohardaga district near Ranchi. They then took part in two exercises in the Arakan before moving further east and south to Rangoon.

Captain Moore was then sent on a course at the approved vehicle depot in Bovington, England. He remained here as an instructor until it was closed. 

The Prime Minister said: ‘Captain Sir Tom Moore was a hero in the truest sense of the word. In the dark days of the Second World War he fought for freedom and in the face of this country’s deepest post war crisis he united us all, he cheered us all up, and he embodied the triumph of the human spirit. 

‘It is quite astonishing that at the age of 100 he raised more than £32million for the NHS, and so gave countless others their own chance to thank the extraordinary men and women who have protected us through the pandemic.

‘He became not just a national inspiration but a beacon of hope for the world. Our thoughts are with his daughter Hannah and all his family.’ 

Earlier Captain Tom’s daughters had announced the sad news that their father had passed away just after 4pm.

They said: ‘It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our dear father, Captain Sir Tom Moore.

‘We are so grateful that we were with him during the last hours of his life; Hannah, Benjie and Georgia by his bedside and Lucy on FaceTime. We spent hours chatting to him, reminiscing about our childhood and our wonderful mother. We shared laughter and tears together.

‘The last year of our father’s life was nothing short of remarkable. He was rejuvenated and experienced things he’d only ever dreamed of.

‘Whilst he’d been in so many hearts for just a short time, he was an incredible father and grandfather, and he will stay alive in our hearts forever.

‘The care our father received from the NHS and carers over the last few weeks and years of his life has been extraordinary. They have been unfalteringly professional, kind and compassionate and have given us many more years with him than we ever would have imagined. 

‘Over the past few days our father spoke a great deal about the last 12 months and how proud he felt at being able to leave behind the growing legacy of his Foundation.

‘We politely ask for privacy at this time so we can grieve quietly as a family and remember the wonderful 100 years our father had. Thank you.’

On Sunday Ms Ingram-Moore had revealed he had been battling pneumonia over the ‘past few weeks’ before also testing positive for Covid-19 a week ago.

The former serviceman was then taken to Bedford Hospital in Bedfordshire on Sunday night after requiring ‘help with his breathing’, but was not put into intensive care.

Captain Tom had not been able to have the coronavirus vaccine because of the pneumonia. 

Originally from Keighley, West Yorkshire, Captain Tom had been on a dream holiday to Barbados on December 11 after British Airways offered him free flights to the Caribbean.

He had not been seen in public since the pre-Christmas break, but tweeted as he departed: ‘The support I have been shown in 2020 has given me renewed energy and today I get to tick something off my bucket list.’  

He first shot to international prominence in the teeth of the first wave of the pandemic last year, when on April 6, the 99-year-old set off to walk 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday.

Captain Tom aimed to raise £1,000 for the NHS.

But after capturing the nation’s hearts the money donated to his Just Giving page grew exponentially and by his 100th birthday on April 30, the sum had surged to almost £33million.  

Flowers and candles were laid outside his home in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, tonight. 

Jonny Taylor, 28, who left a bunch of flowers outside the family home, said: ‘I’ve lived in Marston for about five years now and I had no idea about Captain Tom until his heroic efforts last April.

‘I just wanted to pay respects to the remarkable person and the remarkable family as well. He will be sorely missed.’

Blackpool Tower and Wembley Stadium were also among the places lit up in his honour.

And public figures and reams of fans from across the world paid their respects on social media this evening.

The Archbishop of Canterbury said: ‘Sir Captain Tom Moore was the very best of us. Where he walked, a nation followed.’ 

The NHS simply said ‘thank you for everything’.  

Piers Morgan, who interviewed the hero in an emotional episode of ITV’s Life Stories, tweeted: ‘RIP Captain Sir Tom Moore, 100. A magnificent man. A national hero.

‘In our darkest hour since WW2, he rallied Britain with his resilience, courage and optimism. Let us all heed his mantra in our own lives: ‘Tomorrow will be a good day’. Thank you, Tom.’

His ITV colleague Lorraine Kelley called for a statue of Captain Tom to be erected in Trafalgar Square. 

Morgan revealed the Life Stories interview was, with the approval of Captain Tom’s family, re-airing on ITV again tonight. 

Politicians of all stripes came together in mourning, with Chancellor Rishi Sunak hailing ‘a proud Yorkshire man. A dedicated Army Officer. A tireless fundraiser. And above all, an inspiration to us all.’

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said ‘Britain has lost a hero’ and Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab paid tribute to the ‘quite extraordinary individual who inspired and boosted the morale of the whole nation’.  

Health minister Nadine Dorries, the MP for Mid Bedfordshire, said: He will be deeply mourned, not just in Mid Bedfordshire but across the whole world.’

Among the slate of achievements in the extraordinary final year of his life, Captain Tom became the oldest person to reach Number One in the charts, with a version of You’ll Never Walk Alone with Michael Ball.

Ball told the One Show tonight: ‘When I got to spend that time with him at his home, that’s when the real Tom came alive because he was so on the ball and so quick,’ the singer told The One Show.

‘He was staggered by what had happened but he’s from that generation that they took it in their stride. He was thrilled by the way everything had gone and was so proud of it.’

He was also the oldest person to appear on the front cover of GQ magazine, pictured with his medals proudly pinned to a tuxedo and draped in the Union flag.   

Dylan Jones, editor in Chief of GQ, said tonight: ‘Captain Tom was one of the heroes of 2020, and he was the first person we thought of celebrating when we started planning last year’s Men Of The Year Awards.

‘Not only was he the oldest person ever to grace our cover, he was one of the most gracious. He was a hero, a genuine old-fashioned hero, and I feel blessed that we were in his orbit, albeit for a very brief time.’ 

Rowland White, the editor of Captain Tom’s autobiography, said the fundraiser ‘packed more into the last year of his life than most of us manage in a lifetime’. 

The London Eye is lit up with the colours of the Union flag following the death of Captain Sir Tom Moore

The London Eye is lit up with the colours of the Union flag following the death of Captain Sir Tom Moore

Blackpool Tower Lights up to remember Sir Captain Sir Thomas Moore, who died today

Blackpool Tower Lights up to remember Sir Captain Sir Thomas Moore, who died today

Wembley Stadium tweeted: 'Tonight, Wembley Stadium joins the nation in remembering and celebrating the life and achievements of @captaintommoore'

Wembley Stadium tweeted: ‘Tonight, Wembley Stadium joins the nation in remembering and celebrating the life and achievements of @captaintommoore’

Captain Sir Tom Moore's incredible achievements meant he was featured as a guest on Piers Morgan's Life Stories last year

Captain Sir Tom Moore’s incredible achievements meant he was featured as a guest on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories last year

Captain Tom Moore, with (left to right) grandson Benji, daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore and granddaughter Georgi

Captain Tom Moore, with (left to right) grandson Benji, daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore and granddaughter Georgia

Captain Sir Tom Moore (pictured in April) became a national treasure during the first coronavirus lockdown after he raised more than £32 million for the NHS by walking 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday

Captain Sir Tom Moore (pictured in April) became a national treasure during the first coronavirus lockdown after he raised more than £32 million for the NHS by walking 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday

He was named GQ's Inspiration of the Year 2020 and also scored a No. 1 single, wrote an autobiography and is helping to set up a charity

He was named GQ’s Inspiration of the Year 2020 and also scored a No. 1 single, wrote an autobiography and is helping to set up a charity 

Piers Morgan led tributes to the great man, posting online: 'RIP Captain Sir Tom Moore, 100. A magnificent man.'

Piers Morgan led tributes to the great man, posting online: ‘RIP Captain Sir Tom Moore, 100. A magnificent man.’

Buckingham Palace said: 'The Queen is sending a private message of condolence to the family of Captain Sir Tom Moore.'

Buckingham Palace said: ‘The Queen is sending a private message of condolence to the family of Captain Sir Tom Moore.’

A family leaves a floral tribute outside the home, in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, of 100-year-old charity fundraiser Captain Sir Tom Moore who has died after testing positive for Covid-19

A family leaves a floral tribute outside the home, in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, of 100-year-old charity fundraiser Captain Sir Tom Moore who has died after testing positive for Covid-19

Boris Johnson records a video message after the passing of Captain Sir Tom Moore from Downing Street

Boris Johnson records a video message after the passing of Captain Sir Tom Moore from Downing Street

In a statement shared on Twitter, Liz Lees, chief nurse at Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: ‘It has been our immense privilege to care for Captain Sir Tom Moore.

‘We share our deepest condolences and sympathies with his family and loved ones at this incredibly sad time.

‘We’d also like to say thank you, and pay tribute to Captain Sir Tom Moore for the remarkable contribution he has made to the NHS.’ 

His daughter Ms Ingram-Moore, a recruitment officer, previously revealed the fundraising idea to walk 100 laps came about after her husband Colin challenged his father-in-law to do the feat. 

Ms Ingram-Moore revealed how her father had a fall in their kitchen at the end of 2018 and had bought himself a treadmill to rehabilitate after he fractured his hip. 

The veteran came out with his walker one lockdown weekend and her husband said: ‘Carry on walking, Tom, we’ll give you a pound a lap. Do 100 by your 100th birthday.’ 

The family were forced to cancel his birthday party in April because of Covid-19 restrictions but set up a JustGiving page in the hope they would raise £1,000. 

She told how the total went to £2,000 overnight and £12million a month later after Sir Tom featured on BBC Breakfast and Michael Ball spoke to him on BBC Radio Two.  

She described how the family were ‘not eating or sleeping’ to manage the technology, phone calls and emails while keeping the recruitment business going. 

‘Dad could see we were so tired and he said: ”Should we make this stop? I’m worried for you’. It was a watershed moment,’ Mrs Ingram-Moore said. 

She continued: ‘We said: ‘No, because what you are doing is having such a positive impact on people around the world.

‘We just have to manage it.’ 

Captain Sir Tom Moore (pictured in his BA plane seat) and his family jetted off to Barbados after British Airways offered him free flight in December

Captain Sir Tom Moore (pictured in his BA plane seat) and his family jetted off to Barbados after British Airways offered him free flight in December

Sir Tom Moore (pictured front) along with his grandchildren Benji (left), Georgia (middle left), his daughter Hannah (middle right) and her husband Colin Ingram (right) as they enjoyed the Barbados sunshine. This was to be the final photo of the veteran before his death today

Sir Tom Moore (pictured front) along with his grandchildren Benji (left), Georgia (middle left), his daughter Hannah (middle right) and her husband Colin Ingram (right) as they enjoyed the Barbados sunshine

How Sir Captain Tom’s heroic actions boosted Britain amid lockdown 

Sir Captain Tom Moore hoped to raise £1,000 for the NHS, but ended up capturing the hearts of the nation. 

Here’s how 100 laps around his garden became a knighthood…

April 2020 The army veteran begins fundraising in the hope of raising £1,000 for the NHS amid the coronavirus pandemic. He wants to walk 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday on April 30.  

April 14 More than £2million is donated.

April 15 The total rises to £7million as more than 340,000 people show their support. 

April 16  He completes his 100 laps – meaning he walked an average of six laps a day – and reveals he’s going to keep going to raise as much as possible. Both the Prime Minister and the Royal Family congratulate him. 

April 24  Sir Captain Tom is the oldest person ever to reach Number One in the Top 40 Charts with his cover of You’ll Never Walk Alone. He performs it alongside singer Michael Ball and The NHS Voices of Care Choir.

April 30 The fundraising page hits £32million on his 100th birthday. He is made an honorary colonel and enjoys a military flypast. 

July 17 The Queen awards him a knighthood in a special engagement.

September He writes bestselling autobiography Tomorrow Will Be A Good Day and signs a deal to film a biopic of his life. 

October 5 – Captain Tom starts a podcast to tackle isolation among Britain’s elderly. 

December  He ticks a holiday to Barbados off his bucket list. 

January 31, 2021 He is admitted to hospital amid an intense battle with pneumonia, his family reveal. 

February 2, 2021 Sir Captain Tom’s death is announced days after he tests positive for coronavirus. 

 

His fundraising led to a slew of personal honours and he was knighted by the Queen and also made an honorary army colonel.

The Royal honour would have seemed entirely unexpected for the 20-year-old who had been conscripted into the army back in 1940.

His career in the services saw him promoted to Corporal, then Second Lieutenant before a captain in 1944.  

He served in India and the Burma campaign during the Second World War.

He had been enlisted into the eighth battalion of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment (8 DWR), an infantry unit that was converted to operate Churchill tanks as part of the Royal Armoured Corps (RAC). 

Then after he was selected for officer training he rose to the rank of captain, later being posted to 9 DWR in India.

In his later military years he served and fought in the Arakan in western Burma and went with his regiment to Sumatra after the Japanese forces surrendered in 1945.

Afterwards he became an instructor in armoured warfare in Bovington, Dorset.

The MOD now has a page devoted to him on its website, calling him ‘An inspirational role model’

His dedication to service saw him wear his medals on his fundraising walks, explaining ‘It’s important.

It shows that I was part of a very important and super army at the time who were all battling for our country, which we’re all so proud of.

‘I still very proud of our country.

‘There is nowhere like ours.’

In July the Queen came out for her first official engagement since lockdown to knight him in person for his incredible achievement.

Windsor Castle saw a ‘unique ceremony’ where he had the honour bestowed upon him.

He said afterwards: ‘I am absolutely overawed.

‘This is such a high award and to get it from Her Majesty as well – what more can anyone wish for? This has been an absolutely magnificent day for me.’

Incredibly his fundraising fame was not the first time he had enjoyed the spotlight in front of millions of people.

An unearthed clip showed the then Colonel Tom, aged 63, charm the audience as he chatted to the late Terry Wogan, while appearing on Blankety Blank in 1983.

His good nature was clear as he made the host and audience laugh while telling them he was from a ‘good place’ called Tipps End.

he then Colonel Tom, aged 63, charm the audience as he chatted to the late Terry Wogan, while appearing on Blankety Blank

he then Colonel Tom, aged 63, charm the audience as he chatted to the late Terry Wogan, while appearing on Blankety Blank 

‘The last year of our father’s life was nothing short of remarkable’: Captain Tom’s daughters tell of their pride

‘It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our dear father, Captain Sir Tom Moore.

‘We are so grateful that we were with him during the last hours of his life; Hannah, Benjie and Georgia by his bedside and Lucy on FaceTime. We spent hours chatting to him, reminiscing about our childhood and our wonderful mother. We shared laughter and tears together.

‘The last year of our father’s life was nothing short of remarkable. He was rejuvenated and experienced things he’d only ever dreamed of.

‘Whilst he’d been in so many hearts for just a short time, he was an incredible father and grandfather, and he will stay alive in our hearts forever.

‘The care our father received from the NHS and carers over the last few weeks and years of his life has been extraordinary. They have been unfalteringly professional, kind and compassionate and have given us many more years with him than we ever would have imagined.

‘Over the past few days our father spoke a great deal about the last 12 months and how proud he felt at being able to leave behind the growing legacy of his Foundation.

‘We politely ask for privacy at this time so we can grieve quietly as a family and remember the wonderful 100 years our father had. Thank you.’

He only managed to walk away with the consolation prize; its infamous chequebook and pen, after appearing on a Christmas special version of the programme.

But in recent times Captain Tom became GQ magazine’s oldest cover star and even scored a number one chart hit with Michael Ball in a charity recording of You’ll Never Walk Alone.  

In an interview with the publication after his award, the veteran opened up about his 20-year first marriage, his beloved late wife Pamela’s battle with dementia, and how he wants to be there for ‘lonely people in need of help’.

He broke down as he discussed the moment he realised he would have to put his wife into a care home. 

He told the magazine: ‘Taking her… she didn’t really know what we were doing. And I felt… I felt I was letting her down. 

‘I realise it was the best that could be done. I realise my effort wasn’t enough.’

He also joked about installing two stair lifts at his home and how he enjoys ‘lots of sugar’ on his porridge every morning, ‘because cholesterol is the least of his worries at 100’. 

The hero also wrote an autobiography and is helping to set up a charity. 

He also launched a £35.95 bottle of gin, his own podcast and there is even a movie in the works after UK companies Fred Films and Powder Keg Pictures bought the rights to the feature about the former British Army captain. 

The centenarian had smiled as he sat in a plane seat emblazoned with his name in a picture shared to his official Twitter page as he went to Barbados in his last public appearance.

Poignantly he revealed the flight ticked an item ‘off his bucket list’.

He said at the time: ‘I never thought that, at the age of 100, I would get to travel again. I’m so grateful to everyone who has made this possible. 

‘The support I have been shown in 2020 has given me renewed energy and today I get to tick something off my bucket list.’

Captain Sir Thomas Moore poses for the media after receiving his knighthood from the Queen at a ceremony at Windsor Castle in July

Captain Sir Thomas Moore poses for the media after receiving his knighthood from the Queen at a ceremony at Windsor Castle in July

Captain Tom's daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore, a recruitment officer, from Marston Moretaine in Bedfordshire, revealed the fundraising idea came about after her husband Colin challenged his father-in-law to to do 100 laps before his birthday

Captain Tom’s daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore, a recruitment officer, from Marston Moretaine in Bedfordshire, revealed the fundraising idea came about after her husband Colin challenged his father-in-law to to do 100 laps before his birthday

The war hero who became a national treasure by walking 100 laps of his garden: How Captain Sir Tom Moore went from fighting in Burma to raising £33m for the NHS and being knighted by the Queen

Captain Sir Tom Moore’s death today aged 100 marks the end of an extraordinary life that saw him go from WWII hero to quiz show star and then a national treasure after walking 100 laps of his garden to raise £33m for the NHS.

The grandfather-of-four’s service in World War Two took him across Asia and the Far East, including tours in India, Burma and Sumatra.

Back in Blighty, spells as an Army tank instructor were interspersed with work at the family building business – while in his spare time he enjoyed riding motorbikes.

The Yorkshire grammar school lad was to shoot to national attention in 1983, when he charmed the audience on hit BBC show Blankety Blank.

Finally, after his heroics during the coronavirus pandemic, he would be knighted by the Queen, made an honorary member of the England cricket team, and be lauded by Britain’s best-known celebrities and politicians. 

He also became GQ magazine’s oldest cover star and scored a number one hit with Michael Ball in a charity recording of You’ll Never Walk Alone.

But though his family today rightly recalled his life as an ‘exciting adventure’ it also saw darker moments, including a sexless first marriage that ended in annulment.

In his autobiography, Captain Tom said he had ‘given up on love’ until aged 50 when he met his beloved second wife, Pamela. They went on to have two children, and the veteran went on to become a proud grandfather of four. 

Sir Tom Moore (pictured front) along with his grandchildren Benji (left), Georgia (middle left), his daughter Hannah (middle right) and her husband Colin Ingram (right) as they enjoyed the Barbados sunshine. This was to be the final photo of the veteran before his death today

Sir Tom Moore (pictured front) along with his grandchildren Benji (left), Georgia (middle left), his daughter Hannah (middle right) and her husband Colin Ingram (right) as they enjoyed the Barbados sunshine. This was to be the final photo of the veteran before his death today 

Colonel Tom pictured during the Second World War. Boris Johnson described him as a national treasure during the Covid-19 crisis after raising almost £33million for the NHS

Colonel Tom pictured during the Second World War. Boris Johnson described him as a national treasure during the Covid-19 crisis after raising almost £33million for the NHS

Captain Moore is pictured front centre during his days in the Army. He joined the Armed Forces in 1940 when he was aged 20

Captain Moore is pictured front centre during his days in the Army. He joined the Armed Forces in 1940 when he was aged 20

Captain Tom was born in Keighley, West Yorkshire, on April 30 1920.

He attended Keighley Grammar School and later completed an apprenticeship as a civil engineer before joining the Army.

He enlisted into the eighth battalion of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment (8 DWR), an infantry unit that was converted to operate Churchill tanks as part of the Royal Armoured Corps (RAC).

In 1940, he was selected for officer training and rose to the rank of captain, later being posted to 9 DWR in India.

He served and fought in the Arakan in western Burma, since renamed Rakhine State, and went with his regiment to Sumatra after the Japanese surrender.

After the war, he returned to the UK and worked as an instructor at the Armoured Fighting Vehicle School in Bovington, Dorset.

He also worked for his family’s building company and later became manager at a concrete company.

In his free time he was a keen motorcycle racer and has admitted receiving a speeding fine while in his late 90s. He also appeared on popular BBC television quiz show Blankety Blank in 1983.

He wrote frankly about a sexless first marriage that ended in annulment.

Although Moore was 50 when they met, he had a 40-year marriage with his second wife, Pamela, and visited her every day while she was in a care home with dementia.

In a BBC interview, he spoke of his distress about her mental deterioration and pity for other residents who had no visitors.

After she died, he moved in with his daughter, Hannah, and his son-in-law Colin Ingram and grandchildren Benji and Georgia in the village of Marston Moretaine. 

Captain Tom suffered a broken hip in 2018 and also required treatment for skin cancer of the head.

His family said this inspired him to do something to help the NHS, and he decided to walk 100 laps of his garden in Marston Moretaine before his 100th birthday to raise funds.

Captain Tom started his challenge in early April 2020 with the initial target of raising £1,000 for NHS Charities Together.

Ten days later, assisted by his walking frame, he had completed 100 laps and raised more than £20 million.

‘It really is absolutely enormous isn’t it?’ he said at the time.

‘That sum of money is very difficult to imagine but it’s coming in so well.’

He vowed to keep on walking laps of the 25-metre circuit, and did so until his birthday.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said his ‘heroic efforts have lifted the spirits of the entire nation’, the Duke of Cambridge praised him as a ‘one-man fundraising machine’ and he even released a charity single. 

A long list of celebrities praised Captain Tom’s efforts, including David Walliams, Sir Mo Farah, Lewis Hamilton and Gary Lineker, along with politicians and royals including Health Secretary Matt Hancock and the Duke of Sussex.   

Captain Tom with a Scott bike after the war. It was made in Shipley and he said he raced in Yorkshire after the war

Captain Tom with a Scott bike after the war. It was made in Shipley and he said he raced in Yorkshire after the war

Captain Tom’s triumph sparked off an extraordinary few months for the veteran which saw him feted as a national treasure. 

His cover of You’ll Never Walk Alone, together with singer Michael Ball, reached number one in the charts, making him the oldest artist ever to have a UK number one single.

A flypast of a Spitfire and a Hurricane marked his 100th birthday, and he was made an honorary colonel.

Speaking about the flypast, Captain Tom said: ‘I’m one of the few people here who’ve seen Hurricanes and Spitfires flying past in anger.

‘Fortunately today they’re all flying peacefully.’

He raised a total of £32.7 million, with donations from 1.5 million supporters, before his fundraising page was closed at midnight following his 100th birthday.

He started his challenge a little over three weeks earlier, and he encouraged people to continue to donate to NHS Charities Together.

Captain Tom rounded off 2020 with a trip to Barbados with his family, and his fundraising efforts were marked during the New Year drone display in London, as his figure appeared over the O2 Arena. 

He was the guest of honour at the opening of the NHS Nightingale Hospital Yorkshire and the Humber in Harrogate, set up to help with increased numbers of hospital admissions during the pandemic, and he appeared by video link.

So many people sent him cards to mark his 100th birthday that a dedicated sorting office was set up at his grandson’s school.

He was sent more than 140,000 birthday cards, including a signed card from the Queen. 

Captain Tom's daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore, a recruitment officer, from Marston Moretaine in Bedfordshire, revealed the fundraising idea came about after her husband Colin challenged his father-in-law to to do 100 laps before his birthday

Captain Tom’s daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore, a recruitment officer, from Marston Moretaine in Bedfordshire, revealed the fundraising idea came about after her husband Colin challenged his father-in-law to to do 100 laps before his birthday

Captain Sir Thomas Moore poses for the media after receiving his knighthood from the Queen at a ceremony at Windsor Castle in July

Captain Sir Thomas Moore poses for the media after receiving his knighthood from the Queen at a ceremony at Windsor Castle in July

His family announced Captain Tom had died at 4.05pm today with this social media post celebrating his life from 1920 -2021

His family announced Captain Tom had died at 4.05pm today with this social media post celebrating his life from 1920 -2021

A train was named after him, he was awarded the Freedom of the City of London, and the postbox outside his village Post Office was painted NHS blue in honour of his efforts.

Captain Tom, who was a cricket fan, was also made an honorary member of the England cricket team.

‘People keep saying what I have done is remarkable, however it’s actually what you have done for me which is remarkable,’ he said at the time.

‘The past three weeks have put a spring back in my step.

‘I have renewed purpose and have thoroughly enjoyed every second of this exciting adventure.’

His daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore said on his 100th birthday: ‘I think we know that he has touched the hearts of many people around the world.

‘He’s definitely engaged us all and given us hope and unity.

‘So, there will be legacy.’

The Captain Tom Foundation was established by his family to ‘spread hope and ease loneliness’, and his Walk With Tom campaign had the same goal during England’s second lockdown in November 2020.

Captain Tom helped raise spirits during the coronavirus crisis, saying in one TV appearance: ‘To all those people who are finding it difficult at the moment: The sun will shine on you again, and the clouds will go away.’

His motto, which signed off many posts from his popular Twitter account, was ‘tomorrow will be a good day’.

Captain Tom died today aged 100.

Archbishop of Canterbury among slew of fans paying tribute to Captain Sir Tom Moore after his death aged 100  

The Archbishop of Canterbury was tonight among a slew of fans paying tribute to Captain Sir Tom Moore, who has died aged 100.

Speaking tonight, Justin Welby said: ‘I am deeply saddened to hear that Sir Captain Tom Moore has died. I pray for his family and friends, and I join millions across the country in mourning with them.

‘Captain Tom was the very best of us. His courage, compassion, resilience, hope and generosity have been an inspiration to millions – and an example to us all. Where he walked a nation followed.

‘I give thanks to God for such a long life, so well lived. May Captain Tom rest in peace.’ 

Singer Michael Ball, who recorded a charity cover of You’ll Never Walk Alone with Sir Tom that reached number one, wrote on Twitter: ‘Rest in peace @captaintommoore. A wonderful life so well lived and a hero and fighter to the very end.

‘So very very sad. Love and prayers for @Hannah-I-M and all the family. ‘

Boris Johnson has spoken to Sir Tom’s daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore to offer his condolences, while Queen Elizabeth has sent a private message to his family to pay her respects.   

Boris Johnson and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby have paid glowing tributes to Captain Tom, who has died at the age of 100 after a short battle with Covid-19. The PM said he 'was a hero in the truest sense of the word'

Boris Johnson and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby have paid glowing tributes to Captain Tom, who has died at the age of 100 after a short battle with Covid-19. The PM said he ‘was a hero in the truest sense of the word’

Chancellor Rishi Sunak tweeted: ‘A proud Yorkshire man. A dedicated Army Officer. A tireless fundraiser. And above all, an inspiration to us all. Rest in peace Captain Tom.’

Health Secretary Matt Hancock tweeted: ‘I’m so sorry to hear that Captain Tom has passed away in hospital.

‘He was a great British hero that showed the best of our country & I send my best wishes to his family at this time.’ 

Home Secretary Priti Patel tweeted: ‘An inspiration to millions, not just in the United Kingdom, but around the world. A bright, kind light in the darkest of times. A British hero.

‘I will never forget his undaunted optimism and how it helped us all to keep going. Rest in peace, @CaptainTomMoore.’

Former PM David Cameron paid his respects, tweeting: ‘Captain Sir Tom Moore has been an inspiration – lighting up what has been such a dark year for so many.

‘My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends, and with all those who have so sadly lost a loved one due to this terrible virus. RIP Sir Tom, a great British hero.’

Captain Tom Moore (2-L) with grandson Benji (L), daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore (2-R) and granddaughter Georgia, pictured after completing his 100th length of his garden. A statement from his family tonight read: 'The last year of our father's life was nothing short of remarkable. He was rejuvenated and experienced things he'd only ever dreamed of'

Captain Tom Moore (2-L) with grandson Benji (L), daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore (2-R) and granddaughter Georgia, pictured after completing his 100th length of his garden. A statement from his family tonight read: ‘The last year of our father’s life was nothing short of remarkable. He was rejuvenated and experienced things he’d only ever dreamed of’

Other politicians have also remembered the centenarians phenomenal contribution in 2020, with MPs describing him as a ‘real candle in the gloom’. 

Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle said: ‘A light has gone out in the world tonight, with news of the death of our very own national treasure, Captain Sir Tom Moore.

‘He came into our lives when he was 99, by raising an incredible £32 million for the NHS by walking 100 laps of his garden with his Zimmer frame.

‘He inspired us during the first Covid lockdown, raised our spirits and made us think that we can do this – we can get through this pandemic.

‘A nation will be in mourning today, and our hearts go out to his family, who have lost a wonderful father and grandfather.

‘Captain Sir Tom, you were a hero during the Second World War. You were a hero during some of our darkest hours. We salute you – may you rest in peace.’ 

For Labour, shadow transport minister Mike Kane added: ‘Some people are born great, some people achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them, and I think Sir Tom probably was all three of those things.

‘An inspiration to the whole nation at a time of crisis, a real candle in the gloom for the British people and I wholeheartedly concur with your comments, Mr Deputy Speaker.’

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer tweeted: ‘This is incredibly sad news. Captain Tom Moore put others first at a time of national crisis and was a beacon of hope for millions. Britain has lost a hero.’

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan tweeted: ‘Heartbroken to hear the news that Captain Sir Tom Moore has sadly passed away. He was a true hero, in every sense of the word, and will be mourned by millions. My thoughts are with his family at this very difficult time.’ 

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab tweeted: ‘Deeply saddened by the news of Sir @captaintommoore’s death.

‘He was a quite extraordinary individual who inspired and boosted the morale of the whole nation. My thoughts are with his family who can be proud of everything he achieved.’

Veteran fundraiser Lloyd Scott, who wore a 130lb deep-sea diving suit to race Captain Sir Tom Moore at his home in Marston Moretaine, Bedford, said: ‘The very saddest of news.

‘Captain Tom was a shining light, who inspired everyone; helping us cope through this dreadful time – battling this ghastly virus.

‘A humble hero, his spirit touched the very soul and brought out the best in humanity. God bless you Tom and RIP.’

DJ MistaJam tweeted: ‘Feeling extremely grateful for Captain Sir Tom Moore today – he was a real beacon of light in such dark times and a reminder that we all have the power to make things better for each other if we truly are willing to put in the effort. Rest in Peace Sir.’ 

TV and radio presenter Amanda Holden wrote on Instagram: ‘Goodbye to this absolute joy of a man. @captainsirtom ..A National Hero who brought us all together and shone so much light in such a dark time. .. his indomitable spirit and sense of humour taught us so much. .. and will live on thanks to the enormous legacy left behind . My love goes out to your wonderful family.’

The NHS, as well as nurses who cared for the beloved veteran, made sure to honour his passing. 

The NHS, for which Sir Tom raised millions of pounds, tweeted: ‘Thanks for everything Sir Tom.’

In a statement shared on Twitter, Liz Lees, chief nurse at Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: ‘It has been our immense privilege to care for Captain Sir Tom Moore.

‘We share our deepest condolences and sympathies with his family and loved ones at this incredibly sad time.

‘We’d also like to say thank you, and pay tribute to Captain Sir Tom Moore for the remarkable contribution he has made to the NHS.’

BBC presenter Victoria Derbyshire tweeted: ‘Thank you Sir for everything you did for our country. You will never, ever be forgotten

‘To Hannah and your whole family – we were privileged to be able to get to know your father a little. Thank you. What an incredible man. Sending so much love and strength to you’.

Boris Johnson’s fiancee Carrie Symonds tweeted: ‘Just amazing to think what @captaintommoore achieved in his 100th year of life. Thank you for inspiring us all.’ 

Some Twitter users paid their respects by sharing images of characters saluting in his honour

Some Twitter users paid their respects by sharing images of characters saluting in his honour

Dylan Jones, editor in Chief of GQ, said: ‘Captain Tom was one of the heroes of 2020, and he was the first person we thought of celebrating when we started planning last year’s Men Of The Year Awards.

‘Not only was he the oldest person ever to grace our cover, he was one of the most gracious. He was a hero, a genuine old-fashioned hero, and I feel blessed that we were in his orbit, albeit for a very brief time.’ 

Top Gear presenter Paddy McGuinness tweeted: ‘I never knew Captain Sir Tom Moore personally but, like millions of others, it felt like I did. He brought us together at a time when we needed it the most. I’d smile whenever he popped up on the telly, he made me feel proud, optimistic and hopeful for the future. RIP Captain’.

Radio presenter Zoe Ball tweeted: ‘Captain Sir Tom Moore. Thank you for inspiring us all to do more to help our fellow humans.

‘You are forever in our hearts. May your star shine the brightest for your loved ones. RIP magical chap.’ 

BBC presenter Dan Walker tweeted: ‘How sad to hear about Captain Sir Tom Moore. He did so much to inspire us all last year & achieved so much in his 100th year. He raised millions of pounds, lifted millions of spirits and now millions will miss his wisdom & his smile. My deepest condolences to his loved ones’.  

Good Morning Britain’s Susanna Reid tweeted: ‘The man who united and inspired our nation at a moment of deepest despair. Thank you Captain Sir Tom Moore for your service. I am heartbroken for your family. A life well lived, and well loved. RIP.’

Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster tweeted: ‘Captain Sir Tom Moore has left us. He leaves behind a living legacy to our NHS heroes and his inspiring example of the power of the human spirit in the face of adversity.’

Fitness expert Joe Wicks, also known as The Body Coach, wrote on Instagram: ‘An inspiration who helped millions of people feel hopeful and optimistic during a difficult time. Rest in Peace Sir Captain Tom Moore.’

TV star Nick Knowles tweeted: ‘RIP Sir Tom Moore Was an honour to get to know you & laugh & smile together in Windsor An honourable man, you epitomised positivity & hope.’

Ruth May, chief nursing officer for England, said Captain Sir Tom Moore gave the nation a ‘boost when we most needed it’.

She said in a statement: ‘On behalf of everyone in the NHS, I want to pay tribute to Captain Sir Tom Moore who has been the model of all that has been good about our country’s response to Covid-19.

‘People rightly marvel at the tens of millions of pounds Captain Sir Tom raised for the NHS, but for me his biggest achievement and most important contribution to helping my fellow nurses, doctors and all those in the NHS responding to coronavirus, has been how he brought the country together and gave us all a boost when we most needed it.

‘I also want to echo the thanks of Hannah and Lucy to my colleagues who have cared for Captain Sir Tom in his final days, and I am proud that the NHS was able to offer Captain Sir Tom and his family compassion, skill and dedication when they most needed it.’

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: ‘In national emergencies ordinary people do extraordinary things and inspire us all to pull together to overcome adversity.

‘Few will have heard of Capt Sir Tom before this crisis but his contribution and example now live on in us all.’

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden tweeted: ‘RIP Captain Sir Tom Moore He captured the hearts of the nation with his incredible fundraising, wise words and can-do spirit Thank you Sir.’ 

Susan Hinchcliffe, leader of Bradford Council, said: ‘We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of Captain Sir Tom Moore and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.

‘He was a great inspiration to many people with his fighting spirit and optimism during this pandemic.

‘The huge amount of money he raised for the NHS showed how his efforts inspired people, not just in the UK but all around the world.

‘It was a story of hope, determination and, as a man who was Keighley born and bred, of true Yorkshire grit.

‘Captain Sir Tom was one of the heroes of the Covid-19 pandemic, but, as well as that, he was a remarkable man whose compassion for the pandemic compelled him to do his bit to help despite his age.’ 

BBC’s The One Show tweeted: ‘We are so saddened to hear the passing of Captain Sir Tom Moore. He inspired us all and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones at this time’. 

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