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

He had been a beam of light shining through the tragedies of the pandemic and raised more than £32 million for the NHS by walking 100 laps of his garden before his milestone birthday.

His optimistic tone and belief ‘Tomorrow will be a good day’ endeared him to fans around the world, from young to old and his death prompted tributes from figures including Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Today it was announced he had passed away peacefully in hospital, with his devoted family by his side.

The Queen this evening sent a message to Captain Tom’s grieving relatives and told of her joy at meeting him in person.

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.’

Prime Minister Boris Johnson 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 £32 million 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.

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

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 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

Captain Tom has been admitted to hospital after struggling with coronavirus and pneumonia over the past few weeks, his family have revealed

Boris Johnson today called Captain Tom 'an inspiration to everybody in this country during this pandemic' as the 100-year-old was admitted to hospital with coronavirus

Boris Johnson called Captain Tom ‘an inspiration to everybody in this country during this pandemic’ as he went into hospital

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.

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. 

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‘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 Hannah 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 – who was knighted in July – 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.  

Piers Morgan led tributes to the great man, posting online: ‘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.’

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.’

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.’

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.’

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.’

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.’

Captain Tom, originally from Keighley, West Yorkshire, 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.’ 

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

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 

In an interview with the magazine , Sir Tom opened up about his 20-year first marriage, his beloved late wife's battle with dementia, and how he wants to be there for 'lonely people in need of help

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

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

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.’

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said: 'This is incredibly sad news Captain Tom Moore put others first at a time of national crisis'

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said: ‘This is incredibly sad news Captain Tom Moore put others first at a time of national crisis’

‘At the end of the day we shall all be OK again’: Captain Sir Tom Moore in his own words 

Captain Sir Tom Moore inspired the nation with his charity walks during the pandemic. Here is a selection of his inspiring words over the last few months:

  • ‘Our country and all our nations, we’re all so generous in all sorts of ways. But it’s for a super purpose. Nurses, doctors and all the back-up workers, they deserve everything we can give them’ – Then aged 99, he thanks the public for their donations after raising millions for the NHS by walking 100 laps of his garden
  • ‘We will get through it in the end but it might take time, but at the end of the day we shall all be OK again… the sun will shine on you again and the clouds will go away’ – Sir Tom speaking about the coronavirus pandemic in April 2020
  • ‘Things will certainly get better. They’ve always got better. The last two wars that I’m talking about — we battled and we won. Today, with this battle with this unseen enemy, we shall win in the end. There’s no doubt about it. And everything will get a lot better’ – Also speaking about the pandemic in April 2020 
  • ‘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, but I can’t keep walking forever. My legs may be tired, but my mind is racing and I’m hoping to be back very soon with other ways in which I can help people, help others’ – Sir Tom, on his 100th birthday
  • ‘It is quite extraordinary that I am turning 100. It is even more extraordinary that I am doing so with this many well-wishers and I am in awe at the response my walking has had. To everyone who has donated, sent birthday cards and messages, sincerely thank you. Please stay home, stay safe’ – Sir Tom thanks people for their well-wishes as he celebrated his 100th birthday
  • ‘When I was 50, I never would have imagined that I was half way through my life. Now that I’m 100 though, it doesn’t feel any different from 99. I’m very pleased that I’ve got to this age though and it’s just a case of seeing how much longer I can hang on’ – Reflecting on his long life in May 2020
  • ‘It was a very important day and everyone concerned was absolutely very pleased that this was the end … the bombing of London, the bombing of other cities … had come to an end. It was a very, very happy day’ – Reflecting on his memories of VE Day
  • ‘There she was, this lovely English girl… she was a great person to give us a lot more confidence and we were very, very pleased to see her,’ – Sir Tom remembers Dame Vera Lynn visiting troops in Burma, now Myanmar, during the Second World War, as he paid tribute to her on the day of her funeral in July 2020
  • ‘I would like us all to stand shoulder to shoulder – metaphorically! Let’s try not to get downhearted, we will get through this, whatever is thrown at us and together we can ensure that tomorrow will be a good day’ – Sir Tom speaking in November 2020

 

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His incredible bravery and determination became a focus point for the millions of famillies suffering through Covid-19 and its heavy restrictions. 

He became an iconic figure 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.  

The former army man had only set out to raise £1,000 from his lockdown charity challenge but his efforts struck a chord with the nation, and praise and donations flooded in.

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.

Mrs 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 £12 million 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.’ 

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.’

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

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

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.’

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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 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’.  

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 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.’

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