Captain Tom facts for kids
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British Army photo of Moore as a second lieutenant (c. 1941)
30 April 1920
|Died||2 February 2021
|Cause of death||COVID-19 complicated by pneumonia|
|Alma mater||Keighley Grammar School|
||United Kingdom Army|
|Years of service||1939–1946|
|Battles/wars||World War II
Captain Sir Thomas Moore (30 April, 1920 – 2 February, 2021), informally known as Captain Tom, was a former British Army officer. He was 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 and career
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. 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.
On 6 July 2020 Queen Elizabeth II made him a knight.
There are a couple of great children's books written about Captain Tom. "One Hundred Steps: The Story of Captain Sir Tom Moore" written by Captain Sir Tom Moore himself and "Captain Tom" in the "Little People, Big Dreams" series number 51, by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara.
Illness and death
On 31 January 2021, Moore was hospitalized to Bedford Hospital after testing positive with COVID-19 and being treated for pneumonia. On the 2 February, he died with the illness aged 100.
Images for kids
GWR's 800 025, Captain Tom Moore
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