Sir Captain Tom Moore passed away this morning after contracting coronavirus. Moore, a second world war veteran.
Moore is known for raising £39m for National Health Service (NHS) charities by walking 100 laps of his Marston Moretaine garden during the first coronavirus lockdown in Britain last year.
A statement from his two daughters confirmed the sad news on Tuesday. Moore was already receiving medicines for pneumonia. He even contracted coronavirus which took severe toll on his ailing health.
Moore, in 1940, was selected for officer training and rose to the rank of captain. He was later posted to the 9th battalion of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment in India.
Tom Moore served and fought in the Arakan in western Burma, and went with his regiment to Sumatra after the Japanese surrender.
Post-war, he returned to the UK and worked as an instructor at the Armoured Fighting Vehicle school in Bovington, Dorset.
Moreover, tributes began pouring in for the veteran. Former footballer David Beckham paid rich tributes to Moore whom he credited for providing the world with a hope through his action last year. “Today we have lost a true hero, Captain Sir Tom Moore. What he achieved for our NHS will never be forgotten. Tom, you were truly the very best of British. When our country and our world was struggling you gave us hope, put a smile on our faces and made us believe that tomorrow would be a good day. Rest in Peace Sir Tom,” Beckham, wrote on Instagram.
The sporting world also mourned the death of a national hero.