Captain Tom

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Sir Thomas Moore
Tom Moore (soldier).jpg
British Army photo of Captain Tom, circa 1940
Born
Thomas Moore

(1920-04-30) 30 April 1920 (age 100)
Occupation
  • Army officer
  • Managing director
Known for
  • 2020 fundraising walk
  • UK No. 1 single
  • Second World War veteran
Spouse(s)
Pamela Moore
(m. 1968; d. 2006)
Children2
Military career
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service1939–1946
Rank
Unit
Battles/wars
WebsiteTom's Walk for the NHS (JustGiving)

Sir Thomas Moore (born 30 April 1920), informally known as Captain Tom, is a former British Army officer. He is 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.

Biography[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.[1][2]

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.[3][4] 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.[5]

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

References[change | change source]

  1. Brown, Faye (16 April 2020). "The story behind the 99-year-old legend who raised £14m for the NHS". Metro. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  2. "Coronavirus: Veteran from Keighley raises over £2 MILLION for NHS". Stray FM. 14 April 2020. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  3. Low, Valentine (15 April 2020). "Captain Tom Moore, 99, raises £5m for NHS with 100th birthday walk". The Times. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  4. "Army veteran's £7m for NHS 'out of this world'". BBC News. 15 April 2020. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  5. Murray, Jessica (15 April 2020). "War veteran, 99, raises £6m for NHS by walking lengths of back garden". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  6. "Capt Sir Tom Moore knighted in 'unique' ceremony". BBC News. 2020-07-17. Retrieved 2020-07-17.