Flags are flown at half mast across Britain ahead of funeral for Captain Tom Moore

Captain Sir Tom Moore’s Union Jack-draped coffin was carried into a crematorium by six soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment ahead of his funeral service.  

The veteran’s funeral took place at Bedford Crematorium and opened with the rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone that he recorded with Michael Ball and the NHS Voices of Care Choir that reached number one last year. 

The C-47 Dakota, a Second World War-era plane and part of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight which operates from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, performed a fly-pass ahead of a three-round gun salute by a 14-strong firing party before the coffin was carried into the building.

Once lockdown restrictions are eased his ashes will be interred in Keighley, Yorkshire, where he will rest with his parents and grandparents in the Moore family plot. 

War hero Captain Tom inspired countless people across the globe by valiantly raising more than £32million for the NHS at the height of the pandemic last year by doing 100 laps of his garden. He died on February 2 after a battle with coronavirus and pneumonia.

Flags across the country were flown at half mast this morning as the nation prepared to say goodbye to the NHS fundraising hero with an RAF flypast and a gun salute. 

Emotional crowds lining the route of the funeral procession were pictured in tears as the hearse passed them on the way to the crematorium. The deputy Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, David Pearson, laid a wreath in Keighley – Captain Tom’s birthplace – on behalf of the Queen. 

His daughter Lucy Teixeira revealed the funeral will be ‘quite spectacular’ with Captain Tom planning the service himself. 

The coffin will be carried to Bedford Crematorium by soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment, where a small service will be held with eight members of his immediate family – his two daughters, Hannah Ingram-Moore and Lucy Teixeira, his four grandchildren and his sons-in-law.  

During the Second World War, Captain Tom served with the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment which later merged with two others from Yorkshire. It became known as the Yorkshire Regiment, which Captain Tom was made an Honorary Colonel of last August.

The pallbearers will be led by Regimental Sgt Maj Jamie Pearson, who was in charge of the guard of honour on Captain Tom’s 100th birthday — the day he finished his walk. 

Captain Tom at his home in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, after he achieved his goal of 100 laps of his garden in April last year

Captain Tom at his home in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, after he achieved his goal of 100 laps of his garden in April last year

Captain Tom at his home in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, after he achieved his goal of 100 laps of his garden in April last year

The hearse carrying Captain Sir Tom Moore's coffin travels through his village of Marston Moretaine ahead of the funeral service

The hearse carrying Captain Sir Tom Moore's coffin travels through his village of Marston Moretaine ahead of the funeral service

The hearse carrying Captain Sir Tom Moore’s coffin travels through his village of Marston Moretaine ahead of the funeral service

The hearse carrying Captain Tom's coffin, draped in a Union Jack, arrives at Bedford Crematorium ahead of his funeral service

The hearse carrying Captain Tom's coffin, draped in a Union Jack, arrives at Bedford Crematorium ahead of his funeral service

The hearse carrying Captain Tom’s coffin, draped in a Union Jack, arrives at Bedford Crematorium ahead of his funeral service

The war hero's coffin was draped in a Union Jack as it left his home and headed for the Bedford Crematorium for the 12pm service

The war hero's coffin was draped in a Union Jack as it left his home and headed for the Bedford Crematorium for the 12pm service

The war hero’s coffin was draped in a Union Jack as it left his home and headed for the Bedford Crematorium for the 12pm service

Two emotional women watch as the funeral cortege carrying the coffin of Captain Sir Tom Moore passes members of the public in his home town of Marston Moretaine

Two emotional women watch as the funeral cortege carrying the coffin of Captain Sir Tom Moore passes members of the public in his home town of Marston Moretaine

Two emotional women watch as the funeral cortege carrying the coffin of Captain Sir Tom Moore passes members of the public in his home town of Marston Moretaine

David Pearson, Deputy Lieutenant for West Yorkshire lays a wreath of 200 white roses at the Sir Tom Moore memorial plaque in Keighley, West Yorkshire

David Pearson, Deputy Lieutenant for West Yorkshire lays a wreath of 200 white roses at the Sir Tom Moore memorial plaque in Keighley, West Yorkshire

David Pearson, Deputy Lieutenant for West Yorkshire lays a wreath of 200 white roses at the Sir Tom Moore memorial plaque in Keighley, West Yorkshire

David Pearson, Deputy Lieutenant for West Yorkshire lays the wreath.  Six soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment will carry Captain Tom's coffin into the crematorium today for a service he planned himself

David Pearson, Deputy Lieutenant for West Yorkshire lays the wreath.  Six soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment will carry Captain Tom's coffin into the crematorium today for a service he planned himself

David Pearson, Deputy Lieutenant for West Yorkshire lays the wreath.  Six soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment will carry Captain Tom’s coffin into the crematorium today for a service he planned himself

Members of the Armed Forces at the funeral of Captain Sir Tom Moore at Bedford Crematorium ahead of his funeral service

Members of the Armed Forces at the funeral of Captain Sir Tom Moore at Bedford Crematorium ahead of his funeral service

Members of the Armed Forces at the funeral of Captain Sir Tom Moore at Bedford Crematorium ahead of his funeral service

People applaud as Captain Tom's hearse drives through the village in Marston Moretaine and heads to the Bedford Crematorium

People applaud as Captain Tom's hearse drives through the village in Marston Moretaine and heads to the Bedford Crematorium

People applaud as Captain Tom’s hearse drives through the village in Marston Moretaine and heads to the Bedford Crematorium

Police earlier urged well-wishers not to gather on the route of the hearse as it headed to the service. Those who did appeared to be following social distancing guidelines

Police earlier urged well-wishers not to gather on the route of the hearse as it headed to the service. Those who did appeared to be following social distancing guidelines

Police earlier urged well-wishers not to gather on the route of the hearse as it headed to the service. Those who did appeared to be following social distancing guidelines

Sir Cpt Thomas Moore Funeral Cortege makes it way through Marston Mortain, where police have instructed people to stay in or keep walking.

Sir Cpt Thomas Moore Funeral Cortege makes it way through Marston Mortain, where police have instructed people to stay in or keep walking.

Sir Cpt Thomas Moore Funeral Cortege makes it way through Marston Mortain, where police have instructed people to stay in or keep walking.

A memorial plaque in Keighley, West Yorkshire, on the day of Captain Sir Tom Moore's funeral. War hero Captain Tom inspired countless people across the globe by valiantly raising more than £32million for the NHS at the height of the pandemic last year

A memorial plaque in Keighley, West Yorkshire, on the day of Captain Sir Tom Moore's funeral. War hero Captain Tom inspired countless people across the globe by valiantly raising more than £32million for the NHS at the height of the pandemic last year

A memorial plaque in Keighley, West Yorkshire, on the day of Captain Sir Tom Moore’s funeral. War hero Captain Tom inspired countless people across the globe by valiantly raising more than £32million for the NHS at the height of the pandemic last year

The Order of Service for the funeral of Captain Sir Tom Moore at Bedford Crematorium at noon today, described by his daughter as 'spectacular'

The Order of Service for the funeral of Captain Sir Tom Moore at Bedford Crematorium at noon today, described by his daughter as 'spectacular'

The Order of Service for the funeral of Captain Sir Tom Moore at Bedford Crematorium at noon today, described by his daughter as ‘spectacular’

Singer Michael Buble has recorded a version of the song Smile to be played at the funeral. The charity single Captain Tom recorded with Michael Ball, You’ll Never Walk Alone, will also be played, along with The White Cliffs Of Dover by Dame Vera Lynn, I Vow To Thee My Country by Alife Boe and My Way by Frank Sinatra. 

The deputy Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, David Pearson, laid a wreath in Keighley on behalf of the Queen which featured 200 white roses around a picture of the late record-breaking fundraiser.

Wreaths of poppies were also laid by local MP Robbie Moore and the town’s mayor and mayoress, Peter Corkindale and Clare Abberton. 

Captain Tom was made an honorary freeman of Keighley last summer when he said ‘it really is great to be back’ as he watched a plaque unveiled in his honour.

Meanwhile, hundreds of bellringers across the UK will remember Captain Tom at 12 noon by tolling a single bell 100 times. 

A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said: ‘It is an honour to be asked to undertake such a prominent role.’

Amid the pandemic only eight family members will attend and police have urged the public to stay away from the area.  A flypast will be shown on BBC and Sky TV. 

Captain Tom died on February 2 at Bedford Hospital after contracting pneumonia and coronavirus

His funeral will be attended by eight members of his immediate family – his two daughters Hannah Ingram-Moore and Ms Teixeira, four grandchildren and his sons-in-law.

His daughter Ms Teixeira, 52, said the service will be ‘quite spectacular’, adding: ‘There’s just going to be the eight of us under full Covid restrictions, we will honour him the best way we possibly can.’

There are plans to plant trees around the world in his honour, with Ms Teixeira hoping that the Trees for Tom initiative will result in a wood in his home county of Yorkshire and the reforestation of part of India, where he served during the Second World War.

‘My sister and I have been creating the funeral that my father wanted,’ she said.

What Captain Tom wrote about his own funeral in a book

Captain Sir Tom Moore wrote the following passage in a book he chose to call Captain Tom’s Life Lessons in the final few months of his life:

‘Previously, my funeral would have made one little line in the local newspaper and been attended by only a handful of people, but I expect there’ll be a few more now.

‘Someone will have to make extra cake and sandwiches, and it won’t be me.

‘I want the service to end with My Way by Frank Sinatra, because I always did things my way and especially like the line about having too few regrets to mention.

‘It’s odd and rather touching to think that people might weep over my passing – strangers I’ve never even met.

‘If I can, I’d like to watch my own funeral from a distance.

‘That would be quite the joke as I looked down and chuckled at everyone making a lot of fuss over me.

‘Even though I have a space reserved in the village churchyard, I want to be cremated and my ashes taken back to Yorkshire to be with my parents and grandparents in the Moore family plot.

‘I wouldn’t mind having a little white headstone somewhere to mark my existence, a bit like the ones they have in military cemeteries.

‘Nothing too fancy.

‘When I was younger I enjoyed listening to The Goon Show on the wireless, and one of the comedians who always made me laugh the hardest was Spike Milligan.

‘Like me, he fought in the Second World War, but was wounded in Italy.

‘When he died at the age of 83, he wrote his own epitaph, which was engraved in Gaelic on his headstone.

‘It reads: ‘I told you I was ill’.

‘This always made me laugh, so I think I’d ask for the simple inscription of my name, the dates of my earthly span, and the words: ‘I told you I was old’.’

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‘He was very clear in his wishes and if he could have been put into a cardboard box, he would have done that, rather than chop down a tree.’

She said she had received many messages from well-wishers, and that it was ‘wonderful’ to see people writing in an online book of condolence.

His family revealed Captain Tom had written about his funeral in a book before his death, saying he wanted it to end with Frank Sinatra’s My Way ‘because I always did things my way and especially like the line about having too few regrets to mention’. 

The family has urged people to support the NHS by staying at home.

Once Covid-19 restrictions permit, they will inter Captain Tom’s ashes in Yorkshire, with his parents and grandparents in the Moore family plot.  

Earlier this week, Ms Ingram-Moore said her father Captain Tom had set out his requests in a ‘lovely’ and ‘open’ conversation prior to his death. 

She said the national treasure had wanted Victoria sponge cakes and sandwiches at his wake and had asked for his ashes to be taken to the family grave in his beloved Yorkshire. 

Speaking in a heartwarming interview with Good Morning Britain, Ms Ingram-Moore said: ‘Of course, he was older so the concept of talking about death was a real one.

‘But we had a lovely conversation in his kitchen and I said to him the thought of a very quiet funeral might not cut it and that people might be quite interested, and he said in his Yorkshire accent ‘Do you think so?’.

‘And so I asked him what he wanted and his wishes were really clear, he said he would like to be cremated and his ashes taken to the family grave in Yorkshire.

‘He was very descriptive about the songs he wanted to be played and he wanted us to eat Victoria sponge cakes and sandwiches after, and was so glad he didn’t have to make them.’

Ms Ingram-Moore also revealed her father had asked to have ‘I told you I was old’ engraved on his headstone in tribute to a joke by his favourite comic growing up.

The witty line is inspired by comedian Spike Milligan’s famous epitaph ‘I told you I was ill’, which he said had ‘always made me laugh’. 

‘Like me, he fought in the Second World War, but was wounded in Italy. When he died at the age of 83, he wrote his own epitaph, which was engraved in Gaelic on his headstone. It reads: ‘I told you I was ill’.

‘This always made me laugh, so I think I’d ask for the simple inscription of my name, the dates of my earthly span, and the words: ‘I told you I was old’.’ 

Captain Tom’s family have said his funeral would be a ‘small’ private service as they urged the public to stay at home.  

In his not-yet-published book, Captain Tom added that it was ‘odd and rather touching to think that people might weep over my passing – strangers I’ve never even met’ and that he would want to look down and ‘chuckle at everyone making a lot of fuss over me’.

The family said Captain Tom had openly spoken about his funeral over the past year and had wondered if ‘perhaps the interest in him over the last 12 months would mean we would need to have more Victoria sponge cakes available for the extra guests’. 

He captured the hearts of Britain with his fundraising during the first lockdown when he walked 100 laps of his Bedfordshire garden before his 100th birthday.

Ahead of the funeral of Captain Sir Tom Moore locals fix red ribbons to pillars in his home village of Marston Moretaine in Bedfordshire

Ahead of the funeral of Captain Sir Tom Moore locals fix red ribbons to pillars in his home village of Marston Moretaine in Bedfordshire

Ahead of the funeral of Captain Sir Tom Moore locals fix red ribbons to pillars in his home village of Marston Moretaine in Bedfordshire

Candle lit for Sir Captain Tom

Candle lit for Sir Captain Tom

Flag flown at half mast for Captain Tom

Flag flown at half mast for Captain Tom

Tributes were paid to Captain Tom across the country. Hundreds of bellringers across the UK will also remember Captain Tom at 12 noon by tolling a single bell 100 times

Flags flown at half mast for Captain Tom

Flags flown at half mast for Captain Tom

Flags flown at half mast for Captain Tom

Flags flown at half mast for Captain Tom

Flags flown at half mast for Captain Tom. Six soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment will carry his coffin into the crematorium today for a service he planned himself

A red rosette is pinned to a post in Marston Moretaine, near Milton Keynes ahead of the funeral of Captain Sir Tom Moore

A red rosette is pinned to a post in Marston Moretaine, near Milton Keynes ahead of the funeral of Captain Sir Tom Moore

A red rosette is pinned to a post in Marston Moretaine, near Milton Keynes ahead of the funeral of Captain Sir Tom Moore

Britons up and down the country paid tribute to Sir Captain Tom Moore ahead of the war veteran's funeral this morning

Britons up and down the country paid tribute to Sir Captain Tom Moore ahead of the war veteran's funeral this morning

Britons up and down the country paid tribute to Sir Captain Tom Moore ahead of the war veteran’s funeral this morning

The family will inter Captain Tom’s ashes in Yorkshire, with his parents and grandparents in the Moore family plot, once this is permitted by eased coronavirus restrictions.

Second World War-era Battle of Britain Memorial Flight plane to fly over Sir Captain Tom Moore’s funeral

A Second World War-era plane will soar over Captain Sir Tom Moore’s funeral service in honour of the veteran and NHS charity fundraiser.

The C-47 Dakota, part of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight which operates from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, will perform the flypast.

Sir Tom’s 100th birthday celebrations last year included a Spitfire flypast and he was photographed punching the air as it went past.

Soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment will carry his coffin to the crematorium on Saturday, with a firing party, a bugler and a ceremonial guard also forming part of the service.

Singer Michael Buble has also recorded a version of the song Smile to be played at the funeral.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: ‘In national emergencies ordinary people do extraordinary things and inspire us all to pull together to overcome adversity.

‘Few will have heard of Sir Tom before this crisis but his contribution and example now lives on in us all.

‘The armed forces are immensely proud to contribute to the celebration of his extraordinary life of service.’

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Captain Tom’s family said they understood that so many people wanted to pay their respects, but urged the public to ‘continue to support the NHS by staying at home’.

They added that they had set up an online book of condolence and people could also donate to The Captain Tom Foundation or plant a tree in his memory.

Captain Tom’s family said he had also spent ‘many enjoyable hours’ in the final few months of his life writing Captain Tom’s Life Lessons.

He wanted to release this just before his 101st birthday, but his relatives said the final chapter was ‘so poignant and reading it brings us so much comfort and warmth’.

They are therefore sharing the last chapter ‘as a thank you, from our father Tom and us as a family, for the love and kindness the nation and the world have shown him’. 

In the chapter, Captain Tom writes: ‘Previously, my funeral would have made one little line in the local newspaper and been attended by only a handful of people, but I expect there’ll be a few more now.

‘Someone will have to make extra cake and sandwiches, and it won’t be me.

‘I want the service to end with My Way by Frank Sinatra because I always did things my way and especially like the line about having too few regrets to mention. 

‘It’s odd and rather touching to think that people might weep over my passing – strangers I’ve never even met.

‘If I can, I’d like to watch my own funeral from a distance.

‘That would be quite the joke as I looked down and chuckled at everyone making a lot of fuss over me.’

He said he wished to be cremated and for his ashes to be taken to Yorkshire, but would not mind a ‘little white headstone somewhere to mark my existence, a bit like the ones they have in military cemeteries’.

He said for his epitaph he would ask for the ‘simple inscription of my name, the dates of my earthly span, and the words: ‘I told you I was old” – in reference to comedian Spike Milligan’s famous epitaph ‘I told you I was ill’. 

Shortly after his death earlier this month, Ms Teixeira said Captain Tom would have a ‘quiet’ send-off and the family was planning an understated funeral that would be ‘suitable’ for him. 

She said at the time: ‘At the moment, my sister Hannah and I are planning a careful send-off that is suitable to him, quite quiet in a manner that he would say to us ‘well done, girls’.

Captain Tom is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle on July 17 last year. He died at the age of 100 after testing positive for Covid-19

Captain Tom is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle on July 17 last year. He died at the age of 100 after testing positive for Covid-19

Captain Tom is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle on July 17 last year. He died at the age of 100 after testing positive for Covid-19

His funeral will be attended by eight members of his immediate family ¿ his two daughters Ms Ingram-Moore (right) and Lucy Teixeira (left), four grandchildren and his sons-in-law

His funeral will be attended by eight members of his immediate family ¿ his two daughters Ms Ingram-Moore (right) and Lucy Teixeira (left), four grandchildren and his sons-in-law

His funeral will be attended by eight members of his immediate family – his two daughters Ms Ingram-Moore (right) and Lucy Teixeira (left), four grandchildren and his sons-in-law

Six soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment will carry his coffin into the crematorium on Saturday. Pictured: Captain Tom with members of the Yorkshire Regiment

Six soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment will carry his coffin into the crematorium on Saturday. Pictured: Captain Tom with members of the Yorkshire Regiment

Six soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment will carry his coffin into the crematorium on Saturday. Pictured: Captain Tom with members of the Yorkshire Regiment

Captain Tom (pictured with his family), who raised more than £32 million for the NHS with his sponsored walk of his garden in the first lockdown, served with the Duke of Wellington's Regiment during the Second World War. Left to right: Benjie Ingram-Moore, Captain Tom, Hannah Ingram-Moore and Georgia Ingram-Moore

Captain Tom (pictured with his family), who raised more than £32 million for the NHS with his sponsored walk of his garden in the first lockdown, served with the Duke of Wellington's Regiment during the Second World War. Left to right: Benjie Ingram-Moore, Captain Tom, Hannah Ingram-Moore and Georgia Ingram-Moore

Captain Tom (pictured with his family), who raised more than £32 million for the NHS with his sponsored walk of his garden in the first lockdown, served with the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment during the Second World War. Left to right: Benjie Ingram-Moore, Captain Tom, Hannah Ingram-Moore and Georgia Ingram-Moore

Six soldiers from Captain Sir Tom Moore's Yorkshire Regiment will carry his coffin at his funeral to honour the war hero. Pictured: Captain Tom last year

Six soldiers from Captain Sir Tom Moore's Yorkshire Regiment will carry his coffin at his funeral to honour the war hero. Pictured: Captain Tom last year

Six soldiers from Captain Sir Tom Moore’s Yorkshire Regiment will carry his coffin at his funeral to honour the war hero. Pictured: Captain Tom last year

‘I know that there are things being talked about, but my sister and I are focusing on planning the next stage and celebrating the end of his life.’ 

Last week, Mrs Ingram-Moore revealed the family received a ‘lovely letter from the Queen’ following his death, adding that the monarch felt ‘genuine loss’.

She said the Queen and her father were ‘two similar souls’ and would have probably had ‘a cup of tea and had a good chin wag’ after he was knighted last year, if it wasn’t for the pandemic.

How Sir Captain Tom’s heroic actions boosted Britain amid lockdown 

Sir Captain Tom Moore hoped to raise £1,000 for the NHS, but ended up capturing the hearts of Britain. Here’s how 100 laps around his garden turned into a knighthood:

April 2020 The army veteran begins fundraising in the hope of raising £1,000 for the NHS amid the coronavirus pandemic. He wants to walk 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday on April 30.  

April 14 More than £2million is donated.

April 15 The total rises to £7million as more than 340,000 people show their support. 

April 16  He completes his 100 laps – meaning he walked an average of six laps a day – and reveals he’s going to keep going to raise as much as possible. Both the Prime Minister and the Royal Family congratulate him. 

April 24  Sir Captain Tom is the oldest person ever to reach Number One in the Top 40 Charts with his cover of You’ll Never Walk Alone. He performs it alongside singer Michael Ball and The NHS Voices of Care Choir.

April 30 The fundraising page hits £32million on his 100th birthday. He is made an honorary colonel and enjoys a military flypast. 

July 17 The Queen awards him a knighthood in a special engagement.

September He writes bestselling autobiography Tomorrow Will Be A Good Day and signs a deal to film a biopic of his life. 

October 5 – Captain Tom starts a podcast to tackle isolation among Britain’s elderly. 

December  He ticks a holiday to Barbados off his bucket list. 

January 31, 2021 He is admitted to hospital amid an intense battle with pneumonia, his family reveal. 

February 2, 2021 Sir Captain Tom’s death is announced days after he tests positive for coronavirus.

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Buckingham Palace paid a personal tribute following his death, with a spokesman saying the Queen’s thoughts were with his family – and the flag at Number 10 was lowered to half-mast.

Captain Tom, from Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, was knighted by the 94-year-old Queen in a unique outdoor ceremony at Windsor Castle on July 17. 

As well as being knighted, Captain Tom was made an honorary colonel and an honorary member of the England cricket team.

Mrs Ingram-Moore also said last week how Captain Tom’s heart would have been ‘broken’ to hear about trolling the family received.

Speaking about her father’s days in hospital and their final family holiday to the Caribbean, she said she could not tell her father ‘people are hating us’ after his mammoth fundraising efforts.

She told BBC Breakfast: ‘I couldn’t tell him. I think it would have broken his heart, honestly, if we’d said to him people are hating us. 

‘Because how do you rationalise to a 100-year-old man that something so incredibly good can attract such horror?

‘So we contained it within the four of us and we said we wouldn’t play to […] that vile minority, we wouldn’t play to them, we’re not, because we are talking to the massive majority of people who we connect with.’

Mrs Ingram-Moore also said her father had wanted to come home to steak and chips after he was admitted to hospital with coronavirus.

She said: ‘I said to him in the last few days: ‘So, what do you want to eat when you come home?’ And we decided it was steak and chips.

‘He was really excited about coming out for steak and chips and getting his frame back outside and his walker.

‘The last real conversation was positive and about carrying on, and that’s a lovely place to be.’

Mrs Ingram-Moore said that when Captain Tom went into hospital, the family ‘really all believed he’d come back out’. 

‘We thought the oxygen would help, that he would be robust enough, (but) the truth is he just wasn’t. He was old and he just couldn’t fight it,’ she added.

Before he died, the centenarian got to tick a holiday in the Caribbean off his bucket list when the family travelled to Barbados just before Christmas.

‘It was just amazing,’ Mrs Ingram-Moore said. 

‘He sat in 29 degrees outside, he read two novels, he read the newspapers every day, and we sat and we talked as a family, we went to restaurants (because we could there) and he ate fish on the beach and what a wonderful thing to do. I think we were all so pleased we managed to give him that.’

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