Six soldiers from Captain Tom Moore’s Yorkshire Regiment will carry coffin at his funeral

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

Captain Tom’s daughter Lucy Teixeira said her father’s funeral will be ‘quite spectacular’ following the 100-year-old veteran’s death earlier this month. 

Captain Tom, 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.

The regiment later merged with two others from Yorkshire – becoming the Yorkshire Regiment – and Captain Tom was made an Honorary Colonel last August. 

Six soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment will carry his coffin into the crematorium on Saturday.

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

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

A firing party of 14 will each fire three rounds in unison, and a bugler will sound The Last Post at the end of the private service.

Six representatives from the Army Foundation College in Harrogate – where Captain Tom was made an Honorary Colonel – will then form a ceremonial guard.

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.

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

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

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

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.

‘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.’

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

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.

Captain Tom asked that My Way be played at his funeral. 

His family revealed Captain Tom had written about his funeral in a book before his death, saying he wanted it to end with the Frank Sinatra song ‘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.

Church bells will ring out across the country for nation’s Covid hero

Church bells will ring out across the country for the first time in months on Saturday – in honour of Britain’s Covid hero Captain Sir Tom Moore.

Hundreds of bellringers across the UK will be joining others in remembering the 100-year-old Army veteran.

They will ring a single bell 100 times on Saturday to mark his funeral.

The exact time of the funeral has not been released so as to reduce the risk of well-wishers gathering so it is suggested that bells will be tolled at 12 noon.

The only ringing that has been allowed during lock-down has been either a single bell- or bells rung by the same family group in churches that have been open.

The majority of churches however have remained closed to public worship. The authorities ruled that as it was impossible to maintain social distancing in most bell-towers, the traditional practice would be halted.

But Vicki Chapman of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers said: ‘Obviously with the latest announcement from the government, we might look forward to getting bells regularly ringing again by the end of June.’

The Church of England has not been able to give a formal endorsement of such plans but officials have confirmed that the tolling of a single bell ‘would be part of an act of worship in this instance.’

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‘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’.

Ms Ingram-Moore added: ‘He had a sense of humour and that humour runs in the family.’

Captain Tom had made the sweet request in a to-be-published book called Captain Tom’s Life Lessons. 

Speaking openly about his funeral arrangements, Captain Tom said he would like a small white headstone – ‘Nothing too fancy’ – and hoped it could be adorned with the line from Milligan.

‘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’.’ 

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’. 

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

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

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

Captain Tom is pictured in Barbados last December with (from left) grandchildren Benjie and Georgia, their mother Hannah, who is Captain Tom's daughter and father Colin Ingram-Moore

Captain Tom is pictured in Barbados last December with (from left) grandchildren Benjie and Georgia, their mother Hannah, who is Captain Tom's daughter and father Colin Ingram-Moore

Captain Tom is pictured in Barbados last December with (from left) grandchildren Benjie and Georgia, their mother Hannah, who is Captain Tom’s daughter and father Colin Ingram-Moore

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 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.

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.

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 a book called Captain Tom’s Life Lessons.

He wanted to release this just before his 101th 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.  

Captain Tom is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle on July 17 last year

Captain Tom is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle on July 17 last year

Captain Tom is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle on July 17 last year

The Queen talks to Captain Sir Tom Moore and his family after he was knighted last July

The Queen talks to Captain Sir Tom Moore and his family after he was knighted last July

The Queen talks to Captain Sir Tom Moore and his family after he was knighted last July

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’.

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

Last week, Mrs Ingram-Moore revealed the family received a ‘lovely letter for 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.

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’. 

Captain Tom, with (left to right) grandson Benji, daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore and granddaughter Georgia, at his home in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, in April 2020

Captain Tom, with (left to right) grandson Benji, daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore and granddaughter Georgia, at his home in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, in April 2020

Captain Tom, with (left to right) grandson Benji, daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore and granddaughter Georgia, at his home in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, in April 2020

Captain Tom, pictured last April, 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

Captain Tom, pictured last April, 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

Captain Tom, pictured last April, 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

‘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.’

Captain Tom’s Life Lessons will be published on April 2. 

‘We have no choice but to hold a small family funeral’: Full family statement on Captain Tom’s funeral 

A statement issued on behalf of his daughters Lucy Teixeira and Hannah Ingram-Moore said: ‘Over the past year our father spoke openly about his death and his funeral, and had wondered out-loud 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.

‘Sadly, like so many other families affected by the pandemic, we have no choice but to hold a small family funeral, which will take place this Saturday. Whilst we understand so many people wish to pay their respects to our father, we ask that the public and the press continue to support the NHS by staying at home.

‘We have been contacted by so many people asking what they can do to honour our father, so we have set up an online book of condolence. People can also donate The Captain Tom Foundation, plant a tree in his memory or donate to a charity of your choice.

‘In the last few months of his life, our father had spent many enjoyable hours writing a book he chose to call Captain Tom’s Life Lessons, which he planned to release just before his 101st birthday. Sadly, he’ll never get to share this with you personally.

‘The final chapter is so poignant and reading it brings us so much comfort and warmth, so we share the last chapter now 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.’

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Sculptor is hoping to raise £28,500 to create a two-metre-tall bronze statue of Captain Sir Tom Moore to place in a hospital as a tribute to the Second World War veteran 

A sculptor is hoping to raise £28,500 to create a two-metre-tall bronze statue of Captain Sir Tom Moore to place in a hospital as a tribute to the Second World War veteran.

Andrian Melka, of Bolton Percy, in North Yorkshire, said he hopes the sculpture will provide inspiration for staff, patients and visitors and remind them that ‘one step in front of the other will get you somewhere’.

The statue will portray the 100-year-old fundraiser giving the thumbs-up as he completed 100 laps of his Bedfordshire garden ahead of his milestone birthday last year.

Sculptor Andrian Melka at his studio in York, working on a clay portrait of Captain Tom and a small-scale maquette that show his design for a bronze statue that he plans to donate to a hospital

Sculptor Andrian Melka at his studio in York, working on a clay portrait of Captain Tom and a small-scale maquette that show his design for a bronze statue that he plans to donate to a hospital

Sculptor Andrian Melka at his studio in York, working on a clay portrait of Captain Tom and a small-scale maquette that show his design for a bronze statue that he plans to donate to a hospital

Mr Melka said he was inspired by that moment to create the full-size statue – which will have a seat on the walking frame to enable people to interact with the sculpture.

He said: ‘I started after the death of Captain Sir Tom with a little model, just thinking of that moment when he finished his laps and he just raised a thumb up and he was quite inspiring to me seeing that.’

He added: ‘What made me decide was his determination for doing what he wanted to do at the age that he was and it just reminded me of that old generation who fought in the Second World War.’

Mr Melka said he began the two to three-month process by making a small model and will go on to create a full-size statue in clay before making a mould for the sculpture to be cast in bronze by a London-based foundry.

Sculptor Andrian Melka at his studio in York, working on a clay portrait of Captain Tom

Sculptor Andrian Melka at his studio in York, working on a clay portrait of Captain Tom

Sculptor Andrian Melka at his studio in York, working on a clay portrait of Captain Tom

He has set up a fundraising website to raise the money needed to cover the costs of the foundry and has so far raised more than £12,000.

He said: ‘It’s very expensive because it’s an expensive process, it’s a very long process and very skilled process.’

The sculptor said he has been talking to Leeds hospitals about the possibility of donating the statue.

He said: ‘My best intention is for this to go into hospital and to be used for inspiration for the nurses working there mainly and for the people being there visiting the hospital and interacting with the statue as well.’

He added: ‘It will be amazing because, first of all, what he did and the money raised for the NHS, and for the hospital to have this there and just remind themselves that one step in front of the other will get you somewhere.’

Mr Melka’s fundraising page can be found at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/creating-a-bronze-statue-of-captain-sir-tom-moore   

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