Captain Sir Thomas Moore (30 April 1920 – 2 February 2021), popularly known as Captain Tom, was a British Army officer and centenarian, known for his achievements raising money for charity in the run-up to his 100th birthday during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Moore served in India, the Burma campaign during World War II, and later became an instructor in armoured warfare. After the war, he worked as managing director of a concrete company and was an avid motorcycle racer.
On 6 April 2020, at the age of 99, he began to walk round his garden in aid of NHS Charities Together, with the goal of raising £1,000 by his hundredth birthday. In the 24-day course of his fundraising he made many media appearances and became a popular household name in the United Kingdom, earning a number of accolades and attracting over 1.5 million individual donations. In recognition of his efforts, he received the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Helen Rollason Award at the 2020 ceremony. He performed in a cover version of the song “You’ll Never Walk Alone” sung by Michael Ball, with proceeds going to the same charity. The single topped the UK music charts, making him the oldest person to achieve a UK number one.
On the morning of his hundredth birthday the total raised by his walk passed £30 million, and by the time the campaign closed at the end of that day had increased to over £32.79 million (worth almost £39 million with expected tax rebates). His birthday was marked in a number of ways, including flypasts by the Royal Air Force and the British Army. He received over 150,000 cards, and was appointed as honorary colonel of the Army Foundation College. On 17 July 2020, he was personally invested as a Knight Bachelor by the Queen at Windsor Castle. Moore died with COVID-19, complicated by pneumonia, on 2 February 2021 in Bedford Hospital.
Captain Sir Tom Moore, who won British hearts with a Covid-19 fundraising drive last year, on Tuesday died aged 100 after catching the virus, his family said.
They posted a picture of the charity hero with the words “Captain Sir Tom Moore 1920-2021” on his official Twitter page.
His daughters Hannah Ingram-Moore and Lucy Teixeira said in a statement that they were “so grateful that we were with him during the last hours of his life”.
“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,” they added.
Queen Elizabeth II, who knighted Moore in July, will send a private message of condolence to his family, Buckingham Palace said.
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.”
Moore raised millions of pounds for the National Health Service (NHS) by walking around his garden and then became the oldest man to top the UK music charts with a cover of “You’ll Never Walk Alone”.
He was admitted to hospital in Bedford, central England, on Sunday having been treated over the past few weeks for pneumonia before testing positive for Covid-19 last month.
Liz Lees, chief nurse of the local NHS Trust, said it had been “our immense privilege to care for Captain Sir Tom Moore” and paid tribute to him for “the remarkable contribution he has made to the NHS”. (AFP)
‘If tomorrow is my last day, it’ll be a good one… I’ll see everyone I’ve ever loved’: From suicidal war missions to the unlikeliest love story, the inspirational life of £33million Capt Sir Tom Moore as he loses his Covid battle at 100
After an incredible life that saw him fight in some of the deadliest conflicts of the Second World War and be a part of an incredible love story, Captain Sir Tom Moore has died after contracting Covid-19. The 100-year-old inspired the hearts of the nation last year when he raised more than £32million for the NHS by walking the length of his garden. But his unbelievable life stretches back decades. During the Second World War (pictured left with fellow soldiers), he earned an officer’s commission and fought in one of the most brutal arenas of the war, the Burma Campaign. Following the war he spent 20 years in a marriage he admitted went unconsummated, before finding the love of his life, Pamela, (top right). In the 1980s he appeared on BBC’s Blankety Black (inset), while his love for motorcycle racing (bottom right) saw him fined for speeding while he was in his 90s. Last month he became the oldest person ever to appear on the cover of GQ magazine (main), following an incredible life that inspired millions.