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Tom Moore Biography

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Colonel Thomas Moore, known informally as Captain Tom, a former British Army officer, was born on 30 April 1920. Captain Tom Moore helped raised over £29m for NHS regarding Coronavirus (Covid-19). Here’s Tom Moore Biography.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson paid tribute to Captain Moore: “If we, as a country, can show the same spirit, optimism and energy shown by Captain Tom Moore, then I have absolutely no doubt we will beat it. Together, we will come through this all the faster and the United Kingdom will emerge stronger than ever before.” Read more


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Captain Moore Early Life.

Colonel Thomas Moore, born in Keighley, in what was then the West Riding of Yorkshire, on 30 April 1920. He attended the town’s grammar school before completing an apprenticeship in civil engineering. Captain Tom joined the army at the beginning of World War Two, serving in India and Myanmar, then known as Burma. After the war he became an instructor at the Armoured Fighting Vehicle School in Bovington, Dorset. He lived in Kent before moving to Bedfordshire to be with his youngest daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore and her family in 2007.

Captain Tom Moore You’ll Never Walk Alone

Captain Tom Moore also holds a second world record as the oldest person to have a number-one single in the UK charts after recording “You’ll Never Walk Alone” with singer Michael Ball.

Captain Tom Moore has become the oldest artist to reach number one on the UK singles chart
Captain Tom Moore You’ll Never Walk Alone

In 2018, he received treatment for skin cancer of the head, and a broken hip after a fall. The 99-year-old war veteran, who has raised over £29 million for the NHS. His original target of £1,000 was broken in around 24 hours and he extended his challenge to 200 laps after he completed the first 100 two weeks ahead of schedule. His efforts proved an inspiration to people coming to terms with the coronavirus pandemic and donations poured in from all over the world.

Tom Moore Captain Biography and Profile

Colonel Thomas Moore, known informally as Captain Tom, a former British Army officer, was born on 30 April 1920 and raised in Keighley, West Yorkshire, where he studied at grammar school before training as a civil engineer. Captain Tom, known for his efforts to raise money for charity in the run-up to his 100th birthday during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, served in India and the Burma campaign during the Second World War.

Captain Tom Moore as a young man
Captain Tom Moore as a young man

At the beginning of the Second World War he was enlisted in the 8th Battalion, Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, and was selected for officer training in 1940. He was posted in India, and fought on the Arakan in Burma, before serving in Sumatra after the Japanese surrender in 1945. After returning to Britain, he acted as an instructor at the Armoured Fighting Vehicle School in Bovington, Dorset.

The former Royal Engineer is a veteran of the North African campaign against Rommel and the tough battles through Sicily. His unit also went in on D-Day in support of the Canadians at Juno Beach.

The Second World War hero still remembers liberating the Nazi death camp Bergen-Belsen 75 years ago.

War veteran Don Sheppard said, “Even now people like us still think of the guys who didn’t come home when we did. We lost so many and now we’re all battling another war, the coronavirus.

“I still think of VE Day even 75 years on. When I was 20 I got called to the Colchester barracks, before going to North Africa and Sicily in battles there.

“I came back in 1943 to get ready for D-day and on May 8 the war finished in Europe.

Colonel Thomas Moore Message During Coronavirus Pandemic

There was an unmistakable sense of conviction in Tom Moore’s voice as he addressed the camera after completing his walk.

“To all those people who are finding it difficult at the moment,” he said, addressing a British public who have seen life turned upside down by coronavirus. “The sun will shine on you again, and the clouds will go away.”

Captain Tom Moore Raised Money For NHS

War veteran Captain Tom Moore has stolen the nation’s hearts by walking around his garden to raise money for the NHS in recent days. He achieved his goal of completing 100 laps of the backyard of his Bedfordshire home before his 100th birthday on Thursday, April 30, 2020.

Colonel Thomas Moore - Captain Tom
Colonel Thomas Moore – Captain Tom

Captain Moore began his fundraising campaign with the comparatively modest goal of raising £1,000 for NHS Charities Together by walking 10 laps a day of the garden of his family home in Marston Moretaine, aided by his now familiar zimmer frame and proudly wearing his military medals.

He passed his initial target with 24 hours and, as his story began to spread across the media, with the captain making regular appearances on BBC Breakfast and Good Morning Britain, donations began pouring it at an extraordinary rate.

By Tuesday, April 14, 2020, just four days after reaching £1,000, the tally had soared to £1m, and the following day it passed the previous record for the Just Giving platform set by the late teenage blogger Stephen Sutton, who raised over £5m for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

The 99-year-old veteran eventually raised £27 million for the health service, and isn’t stopping there. Captain Tom has extended his challenge to 200 laps after he completed the first 100 laps 14 days ahead of schedule.

Captain Tom’s grandson Benjie Ingram-Moore told BBC Breakfast what his grandfather had achieved was “incredible”.

He said: “I’ve been so proud of him since I was three – I’ve lived with him since I was three, but this highlights how much of an incredible man he is and I couldn’t be prouder of the person he is and the character that he has shown throughout this event.”

Captain Tom Inspires Artistic Tributes

The “incredible” fundraising feats of Captain Tom Moore have inspired a host of artists to honour him with their own creative tributes. One artist said: “Captain Tom has become the captain of all of us.”

“Overwhelmed with all the lovely messages, comments tweets and shares I’ve had of Captain Tom Moore artwork it’s been so lovely so Thank you! What an honour to paint a hero of 2020,” said Adam Salisbury.

Adam Salisbury took about two days to paint his tribute to Capt Tom Moore
Adam Salisbury took about two days to paint his tribute to Capt Tom Moore

Denise Salway – who goes by the name Knitting Witch UK on social media – shared her knitted doll of Capt Tom, with the caption “Not all heroes need capes”.

Ms Salway said she felt a connection to him because of her “soft spot” for the armed forces and the fact his birthday next week would fall on her parents’ wedding anniversary, she said.

Denise Salway often knits woollen figurines
Denise Salway often knits woollen figurines

Balloon modeller Craig Cash and daughter Olivia-Mae fashioned a life-size Capt Tom, complete with walking frame, using more than 100 balloons at home in Lincolnshire.

The pair described the three-hour project as challenging but said they “wanted to spread some smiles, like Captain Tom”.

Craig Cash and daughter Olivia-Mae, nine, with their life-size balloon-model Captain Tom
Craig Cash and daughter Olivia-Mae, nine, with their life-size balloon-model Captain Tom

Captain Tom Quick Facts

  1. Originally from Yorkshire, northern England, Moore now lives with his daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren in Bedfordshire, southeast England, following the death of his wife in 2006.
  2. Colonel Thomas Moore trained as a civil engineer before being enlisted in the British Army during World War II, where he served in India, Indonesia and Britain. He later became the managing director of a concrete manufacturer.
  3. After his wife Pamela died in 2006, Moore moved in with his daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore, her husband and their two children in Bedfordshire, CNN reported.
  4. His daughter, Hannah Ingram-Moore, told CNN that her father had been exercising daily following a recent partial hip replacement and she suggested he challenge himself to do it daily in order to raise funds. To raise awareness of the fundraiser, her son, 16-year-old Benji, set up a Twitter account for his grandfather — which has now amassed more than 48,000 followers.
  5. Captain Tom family says he continues to live independently and likes to make his own meals.
  6. Colonel Thomas Moore enlisted in the army for World War Two, rising to Captain and serving in India and Burma. After the war he became an instructor at the Armoured Fighting Vehicle School in Bovington, Dorset. He lived in Kent for many years before moving to Bedfordshire to be with his family in 2007.
  7. Moore recently starred in a cover of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” with singer Michael Ball, which went viral on YouTube and has become a No. 1 single in the U.K. Proceeds from the chart-topper will benefit the NHS.
  8. A Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flypast of a Spitfire and a Hurricane flew over Capt Moore’s home to mark his birthday, and he has been appointed as an honorary colonel of the Army Foundation College.
  9. Chief of the General Staff General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith made the appointment, which has been approved by the Queen, in order to inspire the next generation of soldiers.
  10. The Royal Mail has painted a postbox in Capt Moore’s village NHS blue in tribute to his fundraising efforts.
  11. Both the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have written to Captain Moore to congratulate him on his achievements. In a video released by Clarence House, Camilla said of “wonderful” Capt Moore’s fundraising efforts: “That sort of thing makes you proud to be British, doesn’t it.”
  12. Princess Eugenie posted a heartfelt tribute to the hero, Colonel Thomas Moore, on her Instagram story. “You are an inspiration, and thank you.”
  13. Captain Tom has also had a Great Western Railway (GWR) train named after him in honour of his charity achievements.

Captain Tom Moore Marks 100th Birthday

Tom Moore and his family celebrating his 100th Birthday
Tom Moore and his family celebrating his 100th Birthday

David Gold, director of public affairs and policy at Royal Mail, said: “What Captain Thomas Moore has achieved is truly phenomenal, and this is reflected in the affection shown for him across the world.

“As Royal Mail works to keep the country connected during these challenging times, we are honoured to issue a special postmark in celebration of his 100th birthday.”

It’s also been confirmed that Captain Tom Moore will be honoured with a military fly over to mark his 100th birthday. A school in Bedfordshire has been flooded with thousands of cards from well wishers across the globe. More than 125,000 cards have been sent to Bedford School where his grandson, Benjie Ingram-Moore, attends.

Over 125,000 birthday cards giving to Captain Tom Moore at Bedford School in Bedfordshire
Over 125,000 birthday cards giving to Captain Tom Moore at Bedford School in Bedfordshire

Cards were also sent from famous names including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Dame Kelly Holmes and England football captain Harry Kane. You might be tempted to send a card yourself, but it’s already taken 140 members of school staff, parents and pupils past and present 1,750 hours to open each card and create a display in Bedford School’s Great Hall.

Captain Tom said: “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. I’d like to say a big thank you to all the readers who have sent me birthday congratulations. The tremendous British Public have shown me so much love. You have repurposed and re-energised me, and for that I will be forever grateful. Covid-19 has left so many without, so please donate to those in need. Thank you.”

Captain Tom thanked children who had made an estimated 140,000 birthday cards. He said: “There’s been so much kindness shown, it really is outstanding.”

“When you see all those cards, if you’re a weeping person it would make you weep. All the work and all the thought those children have put into those cards. I can’t promise to read them all. I am very comfortable and have everything I need.”

Captain Tom 100th Birthday Celebration 30 April 1920
Captain Tom 100th Birthday Celebration 30 April 1920

Captain Tom Moore honoured with a special Royal Mail postmark to mark his 100th birthday

A special postmark has been made to celebrate the upcoming 100th birthday of the Bedfordshire war veteran who has raised £29m for NHS charities. Royal Mail stamps all letters with the message for Captain Tom Moore’s 2020 birthday celebration.

The postmark reads: “Happy 100th Birthday Captain Thomas Moore NHS fundraising hero 30th April 2020.”

Captain Tom Moore is being honoured with a special Royal Mail postmark to mark his 100th birthday
Captain Tom Moore is being honoured with a special Royal Mail postmark to mark his 100th birthday

Captain Moore has become a national treasure after raising millions of pounds for NHS Charities Together by walking laps of his garden in Marston Moretaine near Bedford. As of Monday morning, Captain Moore raised more than £29m, a far cry from his initial target of £1,000.

“What Captain Thomas Moore has achieved is truly phenomenal, and this is reflected in the affection shown for him across the world,” David Gold, director of public affairs and policy at Royal Mail, said.

“As Royal Mail works to keep the country connected during these challenging times, we are honoured to issue a special postmark in celebration of his 100th birthday.”

Royal Mail said staff had already processed more than 100,000 birthday cards for Captain Moore, and a dedicated collection box has even been set up to deal with the deluge of good wishes.

“We continued to deliver the many tens of thousands of birthday cards from well-wishers across the UK and abroad as people look to show their gratitude for all he has achieved on a more personal level.

“We would like to extend our own best wishes and congratulations to him from everyone at Royal Mail.”

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson Tribute to Captain Thomas Moore

Prime Minister Boris Johnson paid tribute to Captain Moore, and urged the country to show the same “spirit and optimism.”

“If we, as a country, can show the same spirit, optimism and energy shown by Captain Tom Moore, then I have absolutely no doubt we will beat it. Together, we will come through this all the faster and the United Kingdom will emerge stronger than ever before.”

Colonel Thomas Moore Awards

Capt Moore, of Bedfordshire, was awarded the Pride of Britain Award for his fundraising efforts. Earlier on, he became the oldest person to score a UK number one single for his rendition of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” with Michael Ball and The NHS Voices of Care Choir. The centenarian, who will now be entitled to use the rank of colonel, was also presented with a replacement Second World War Defence Medal. Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said he was delighted with the move, calling Capt Tom “simply inspirational”.

“He not only embodies the spirit of our incredible veteran community, but the resolve of this nation,” he added.

Second World War Defence Medal presented to Colonel Tom
Second World War Defence Medal presented to Colonel Tom

Captain Moore Biography and Profile

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