Captain Tom Moore


Tom Moore
Tom Moore (soldier) (cropped).jpg
British Army photo of Captain Tom, 1941
Born
Thomas Moore

(1920-04-30)30 April 1920
Died2 February 2021(2021-02-02) (aged 100)
Cause of deathPneumonia caused by COVID-19
Alma materKeighley Grammar School
Occupation
Known for
Spouse(s)
  • Billie
    (m. 1949, divorced)
  • Pamela
    (m. 1968; died 2006)
Children2
Awards
Military career
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchBritish Army
Years of service1940–1946
Rank
Unit
Battles/wars
Websitecaptaintom.org

Captain Sir Thomas Moore (30 April, 1920 – 2 February, 2021), popularly known as Captain Tom, was a former British Army officer. He was known for his philanthropic work. Moore was in India and the Burma campaign during the Second World War. He later became an instructor in armoured warfare.

Early life[change | change source]

Moore was born on 30 April 1920 to British parents. His father was from of a family of builders,[1][2] and his mother was a head teacher.[3] Moore went to Keighley Grammar School.[4]

Biography and career[change | change source]

After the war, he worked as managing director of a concrete company and was a motorcycle racer. He was born in Keighley, West Riding of Yorkshire.[5][6]

On 6 April 2020, at the age of 99, he began to walk around his garden to raise money for NHS Charities Together during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the goal of raising £1,000 by his hundredth birthday.[7][8] By 27 April he had raised over £29 million. He co-recorded a cover version of the song "You'll Never Walk Alone", which topped the UK music charts and made him the oldest person in history to have a number one single.[9][10]

On 6 July 2020 Queen Elizabeth II made him a knight.[11]

In December 2020 Moore took a family holiday to Barbados after British Airways paid for his flight.[12]

Illness and death[change | change source]

On 31 January 2021, Moore was taken to Bedford Hospital after testing positive for COVID-19 and being treated for pneumonia.[12] On 2 February, he died from the illness aged 100.[13][14][15]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Coronavirus: Veteran from Keighley raises over £2 million for NHS". Stray FM News. 14 April 2020. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  2. Murray, Jessica (15 April 2020). "War veteran, 99, raises £6m for NHS by walking lengths of back garden". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 14 April 2020. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  3. Mintz, Luke (30 April 2020). "Captain Tom's century: 100 years through the eyes of the NHS's fundraising hero". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 6 May 2020. Retrieved 8 May 2020. Born to a builder father and headteacher mother
  4. Nicholls, Dominic (14 April 2020). "Second World War veteran raises more than £3m for NHS". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 15 April 2020. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  5. Brown, Faye (16 April 2020). "The story behind the 99-year-old legend who raised £14m for the NHS". Metro. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  6. "Coronavirus: Veteran from Keighley raises over £2 MILLION for NHS". Stray FM. 14 April 2020. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  7. Low, Valentine (15 April 2020). "Captain Tom Moore, 99, raises £5m for NHS with 100th birthday walk". The Times. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  8. "Army veteran's £7m for NHS 'out of this world'". BBC News. 15 April 2020. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  9. Murray, Jessica (15 April 2020). "War veteran, 99, raises £6m for NHS by walking lengths of back garden". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  10. "Captain Tom tops the charts at the age of 99". BBC. 24 April 2020.
  11. "Capt Sir Tom Moore knighted in 'unique' ceremony". BBC News. 2020-07-17. Retrieved 2020-07-17.
  12. 12.0 12.1 "Covid-19: Captain Sir Tom Moore in hospital with coronavirus". BBC News. 31 January 2021. Retrieved 31 January 2021.
  13. "Covid-19: Captain Sir Tom Moore dies with coronavirus". BBC News. 2 February 2021. Retrieved 2 February 2021.
  14. "Captain Sir Tom Moore dies at 100 after testing positive for Covid". The Guardian. 2 February 2021. Retrieved 2 February 2021.
  15. "Captain Sir Tom Moore dies aged 100 after contracting coronavirus and pneumonia". Sky News. 2 February 2021. Retrieved 2 February 2021.

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