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Captain Thomas Moore Is Knighted By The Queen At Windsor Castle

Captain Thomas Moore Is Knighted By The Queen At Windsor Castle

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Captain Tom Moore has been knighted by the Queen in honour of his remarkable fundraising efforts.

The investiture took place at a special ceremony in the grounds of Windsor Castle on Friday, just hours after the Queen attended the wedding of her granddaughter, Princes Beatrice, nearby.

The 100-year-old Second World War veteran has raised over £32m for NHS charities by walking 100 laps of his garden since the coronavirus lockdown began.

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The ceremony took place at Windsor Castle (Credit: PA)
The ceremony took place at Windsor Castle (Credit: PA)

Tom began his daily laps of his 25-metre long garden, in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire back in April, in a bid to raise money for NHS Charities Together.

The former civil engineer, who served as an officer with the 145 Regiment Royal Armoured Corps from 1940, managed to raise £8,000 in his first four days alone.

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Tom said that the NHS had been "marvellous" in helping him recover from both a hip replacement, and skin cancer on his head, over the last couple of years.

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The grandfather-of-four managed 10 lengths a day in his garden - equivalent to swimming five lengths of an Olympic swimming pool each day.

Tom has lived with his daughter, Hannah Ingram-Moore, and her husband and two children, for the past 12 years.

Captain Tom celebrated his 100th birthday back in May (Credit: PA)
Captain Tom celebrated his 100th birthday back in May (Credit: PA)
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Tom was born and raised in Keighley, Yorkshire, where he went to grammar school and later went on to complete an apprenticeship as a civil engineer.

He was then enlisted in 145 RAC at the beginning of the war, and in 1940 was selected for Officer Training.
After completion, Captain Tom Moore went on to be posted in the 9 DWR in India and served and fought on the Arakan and Burma.

After all overseas duties were said and done, Tom returned to the UK to become an Instructor at The Armoured Fighting Vehicle School in Bovington, Dorset.

Captain Tom pictured with his family in Bedfordshire (Credit: PA)
Captain Tom pictured with his family in Bedfordshire (Credit: PA)
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Following his fundraising efforts, he was made an honorary colonel by the Queen.

Topics: lockdown, News, Coronavirus

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