Today was the funeral of Sir Tom Moore, 100 year old charity fundraiser, ex Army Captain, motorcycle racer and all round good egg.

He was conscripted in World War Two into the 8th Battalion, the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment and served in the Burma Campaign where he survived dengue fever and was sent home where he took a training course in Churchill tanks and became an instructor and Technical Adjutant of the Armoured Vehicle Fighting School.

Demobilised in 1946 and rather interestingly he organised the 8th Battalion’s annual reunion of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment for the following 64 years, which was the longest continual annual reunion of the Regiment.

Sir Tom raced a Scott motorcycle competitively and won several trophies, I imagine without injury, however much later in life he broke his hip which was the start of his charity walk as he had to use a walking frame to aid his recovery.

Initially the aim was 100 laps of his garden and a target of £1000 but after an appearance on Michael Ball’s radio show the publicity grew as did the contributions which finally reached a massive 32 million pounds.

He recorded the number one single You’ll Never Walk Alone with Michael Ball, which made him the oldest person to have a number one hit and was honoured by a fly past of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight on his 100th birthday and was knighted personally by The Queen in July 2020.

What a splendid fellow he was, sadly missed. Rest in peace, Captain Sir Tom.

Britain says farewell to pandemic hero Captain Sir Tom Moore with guard of  honour, WWII plane flyover - ABC News

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I am a retired actor, although to be honest I only retired because I wasn't getting any work and the option of becoming an unemployed actor/waiter at my age was ludicrous, especially as my waiting skills are non-existent. Having said I’m retired, I don’t think there really is such a thing as a retired actor for I am still available for work, I just don’t have an agent or any connections with regards to obtaining any worthwhile work. I have over the years done student films when there is nothing else available, always low paid (if at all) the only incentive was always the promised copy of the finished film for your show reel which nine times out of ten always failed to materialise. I spent many years looking after my aged mother who had dementia, hence the lack of acting work but shortly after her death I was lucky enough to run into an ex-girlfriend of many years ago and our romance blossomed once again, resulting in us getting married in 2013. My move to the countryside inspired me to write The Diary of a Country Bumpkin which tells of my continuing dilemmas in dealing with the rigors of the countryside from the unexpectedly large number of pollens, fungal moulds and hay products waiting to attack the unsuspecting townie. I enjoy writing, see my play Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori on The Wireless Theatre Company, The Plays Wot I Wrote and The Battle of Barking Creek both available on and am very fond of classic cars so my ideal occupation would be acting in a film I had written set in the 1930s/40s, we live in hopes. I am delighted to say that since venturing to the countryside where space is not quite the premium it is in town, I have due to the availability of two double garages acquired more classic cars to form a small collection the pride of which are a 1947 Bentley Mk VI and a 2000 Bentley Arnage. My various blogs and websites are continually evolving and I’m sure that by following the appropriate links you will find something which will edify or amuse.
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  1. SueW says:

    I think the pneumonia he’d been fighting for weeks would have got him in the end, but such a shame that it was Covid that finished him off. Makes you wonder how, especially as he’d been confined to bed because of his pneumonia just how he managed to contract Covid.

    I could be totally wrong here and in Captain Sir Tom’s case maybe I am, but surely it’s time that care workers took some responsibility for spreading Covid amongst the elderly and vulnerable and accepted the vaccinations they’ve been offered.

  2. It is quite extraordinary that some workers in care homes are refusing the vaccine, but we live in a nanny state where you can’t force them to have it and would probably be taken to an industrial tribunal if you had the audacity to sack them.

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