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.