World famous walkathon fundraiser and now former-captain Tom Moore has been promoted to the rank of colonel on his 100th Birthday.
CAPTION: Colonel Tom Moore talks to Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Miller while holding The Yorkshire Regiment Medal, re-presented as a birthday gift from the British Army after he lost the original. Photo by Corporal Robert Weideman, UK Ministry of Defence.
The Second World War Veteran was given Her Majesty The Queen’s Royal Assent to be made Honorary Colonel Army Foundation College Harrogate.
The promotion was detailed in a letter from the Chief of the General Staff, which was presented by Lieutenent Colonel Thomas Miller, Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (1 Yorks).
Other presentations to Colonel Moore included the re-presentation of a lost Second World War Defence Medal, as a gift from The British Army.
Other members of 1 Yorks, an antecedent of Tom’s former Regiment the 8th Battalion the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, visited Tom at his home in Bedford to deliver the presentations.
There was also a further presentation by the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment Association.
It has also been specially arranged for Captain Moore to have two birthday flypasts today, one from the era of his service, and also a flight of modern-day aircraft.
A Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flypast of a Spitfire and a Hurricane will be broadcast live on BBC Breakfast at approximately 08:20.
At 14.30 a flypast by the Army Air Corps of a Wildcat and an Apache attack helicopter will also allow his former Service to show their appreciation.
Colonel Tom Moore has so far raised more than £30 million (AU$57 million) for NHS Charities on a fundraising site by walking in lengths of his garden – with even more money coming from the proceeds of his number 1 chart-topping single, “You’ll never Walk Alone” – and via cash donations inside the more than 150,000+ birthday cards sent to him.
His fundraising page will close at midnight British time on his birthday, 30 April – 9am tomorrow, Sydney time.
Colonel Tom’s original target was to complete 100 lengths of his garden before his 100th Birthday – which he achieved 14 days ahead of schedule – and to raise £1000 for the NHS.
Tom Moore was a member of the 8th Battalion the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment during the Second World War, serving in India and the Burma campaign.
After the war he was also an armoured-warfare instructor.
He turns 100 years young today.