The war veteran will celebrate his centenary anniversary today and has been inundated with thousands of birthday cards, including one from the Queen. Lt Colonel Thomas Miller, commanding officer of the 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, will present the centenarian with a letter at his home, informing him of his promotion. The Army chief of General Staff, Sir Mark Carleton-Smith said Captain Tom’s “mature wisdom, no-nonsense attitude and humour in adversity make him an inspirational role model to generations young and old”.
Captain Tom will also be presented with a replacement Second World War Defence Medal ahead of next week’s VE Day celebrations.
The former officer became the hero of the nation after raising over £29 million for the NHS by walking 100 laps of his garden patio, while in lockdown.
He joined the army at the beginning of the second world war and served in India and Myanmar (Burma).
After the war he became an instructor at the Armoured Fighting Vehicle School in Bovington, Dorset.
INSPIRATIONAL Captain Tom Moore has been made an honorary colonel by the Army on his 100th birthday.
The war veteran will celebrate his centenary anniversary on Thursday
He spent much of his life living in Kent, before moving to Bedfordshire to be with his youngest daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore and her family in 2007.
Captain Tom said it was “extraordinary” to be turning 100 and will spend most of the day in self-isolation at the family home in Marston Moretaine.
Defence Secretary expressed his delight at the centenarian’s promotion, calling him “simply inspirational”.
He added: “He not only embodies the spirit of our incredible veteran community, but the resolve of this nation.”
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The war veteran has received an estimated 140,000 cards
The Captain’s birthday will be marked by a RAF flypast, after initial plans were blocked by the Department of Transport.
The organisers of the flypast, a Spitfire restoration firm called Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar, had wanted to mark the 100th birthday with a flypast of the Captain’s home.
However, they were told by government officials that the event was deemed “non-essential” and they would not be granted permission.
After further discussions with the DoT, the company was finally given the go-ahead for its aircraft to fly on a circuit around Biggin Hill Airfield, near Croydon, timed to coincide with the weekly Clap for Carers event.
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Captain Tom will also be presented with a replacement Second World War Defence Medal
The former officer became the hero of the nation after raising over £29 million for the NHS
The war veteran has received an estimated 140,000 cards and volunteers have been drafted in to help open them.
The cards travelled through a dedicated collection box at the South Midlands Mail Centre.
Centre manager Stephen James told the BBC: “None of the team have ever known one person receive so much mail.”
The cards are currently on show at Bedford School, where his grandson Benjie Ingram-Moore is a pupil.
Many of the envelopes on the cards will be stamped with a special Royal Mail postmark.
This comes as hopes grow that scientists may have come up with an effective treatment for the coronavirus.
Captain Tom said it was “extraordinary” to be turning 100
US health officials have claimed that there is “clear-cut” evidence that the anti-viral drug remdesivir helps COVID-19 patients recover from the disease.
The full details of the medical trial have yet to be released, but experts said it would be “a fantastic result” if confirmed, although cautioning that it was not a “magic bullet” for the disease.
The trial, launched at the start of April, was organised by the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAD) and involved 1,063 people in 75 hospitals around the world.