Captain Sir Tom Moore became a household name after his fundraising efforts captured the public’s imagination at the height of lockdown.
Here is a timeline of the Second World War veteran’s life since he raised millions for the NHS.
– April 6 2020: Captain Tom, aged 99, sets out to walk 100 laps of his garden by his 100th birthday. His target is to raise £1,000 for the NHS.
– April 8: He is interviewed on his local TV news programme after his daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore sends them a press release.
– April 14: Donations to the veteran’s JustGiving page break the £1 million mark after national media reports on his efforts.
– April 15: Health Secretary Matt Hancock hails Captain Tom as an “inspiration to us all” as donations top £10 million.
– April 16: Captain Tom completes his 100th lap of his garden and vows to keep walking.
– April 17: The Duke of Cambridge describes the veteran as an “absolute legend”. Donations exceed £20 million.
– April 21: Captain Tom opens a new Nightingale hospital in his native Yorkshire in a virtual appearance.
– April 24: He becomes the oldest artist to reach number one in the UK singles charts with his rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone, recorded with singer Michael Ball.
– April 27: Royal Mail announces a special postmark to celebrate Captain Tom’s upcoming birthday.
– April 29: Great Western Railway (GWR) names a train after Captain Tom.
– April 30: A Spitfire flypast marks the veteran’s 100th birthday. He receives thousands of cards including one from the Queen. His fundraising page closes at midnight having totalled almost £33 million.
– May 5: Captain Tom is awarded a gold Blue Peter badge.
– May 12: He is awarded the Freedom of the City of London in a virtual ceremony.
– July 17: Captain Tom is knighted by the Queen in her first official engagement in person since lockdown lifted, becoming Captain Sir Tom Moore.
– July 31: He is awarded the freedom of his home town, Keighley in Yorkshire.
– August 3: He is made honorary colonel of the Army Foundation College in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
– August 14: His portrait is unveiled at the National Army Museum in London. Artist Alexander Chamberlin says he is “hugely proud” to have painted it.
– September 17: Sir Tom launches his autobiography, called Tomorrow Will Be A Good Day. Sales help to support his charity the Captain Tom Foundation, which aims to spread hope.
– September 23: A film company announces it is to give Sir Tom the big screen treatment, following a fierce bidding war.
– November 5: He launches a campaign called Walk With Tom, aiming to ease loneliness as England enters a second lockdown.
– November 16: He becomes GQ’s oldest cover star as the magazine names him its Inspiration Of The Year at the annual Men Of The Year awards.
– December 11: After consulting doctors, Sir Tom and his family fly to Barbados after being treated to a holiday by British Airways.
– December 25: On Christmas Day Sir Tom tells BBC Breakfast things “will get better” as families spend the holiday alone due to restrictions.
– January 1 2021: His figure is formed in lights as part of New Year’s Eve celebrations in London to mark the end of 2020.
– January 6: Sir Tom returns to Britain.
– January 12: The veteran is admitted to Bedford Hospital and is diagnosed with pneumonia. Between December 9 and January 12 he is regularly tested for Covid-19 and tests negative each time.
– January 22: Sir Tom is discharged to his family home so he can feel “comfortable” but tests positive for coronavirus on the same day.
– January 31: He is taken back to Bedford Hospital by ambulance for additional treatment for his breathing, after previously receiving care at home from his family and medical professionals.
– February 1: His condition deteriorates and daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore and grandchildren Benjie and Georgia visit his bedside to say goodbye while his other daughter Lucy Teixeira speaks to him by video call.
– February 2: Sir Tom dies aged 100 in Bedford Hospital as his daughters pay tribute to their “incredible father”.