Veterans

Captain Sir Tom Moore's 100th Birthday Cards To Go On Display At Museum

One hundred of the 150,000-plus birthday cards sent to the Second World War veteran will be displayed at IWM Duxford.

One hundred of Captain Sir Tom Moore’s 100th birthday cards are to go on display at a museum.

The Second World War veteran and NHS fundraising hero has given the cards to IWM Duxford in Cambridgeshire and has recorded a video message to be screened alongside them.

In the video, Captain Sir Tom, who is an honorary patron of the Imperial War Museums, expresses his appreciation for the good wishes he received.

The veteran's daughter, Hannah Ingram-Moore, said: "We are thrilled to have partnered with IWM Duxford on this display and would like to once again thank all those who took the time to write all the wonderful cards and messages we received."

The museum is also home to a permanent exhibition about the Burma campaign, in which Capt Sir Tom served.

The exhibition, titled 'The Forgotten War', is in the museum’s Land Warfare Hall and shows what it was like to fight in the jungles of the Far East.

"As a family, we felt that IWM Duxford’s Land Warfare Hall was the perfect location for this display as visitors will also be able to find out more about what military personnel, like my father, endured during the Burma campaign which is an often overlooked aspect of the Second World War," Ms Ingram-Moore said.

IWM curator, Sean Rehling, said the museum hopes the display will allow visitors "to gain a deeper appreciation" for the contribution made by British forces in the Far East.

The display of birthday cards will be unveiled to the public on Saturday.

Ahead of his 100th birthday, hundreds of thousands of cards were sent to Capt Sir Tom from across the world and were put on display at his grandson's school.

Captain Tom Moore celebrating number one single
Captain Sir Tom Moore (Picture: PA).

The 100-year-old veteran raised nearly £33 million for the NHS by walking 100 laps of his Bedfordshire garden – smashing his original target of just £1,000.

He was later knighted by the Queen and has also been appointed the first Honorary Colonel of the Army Foundation College in Harrogate.

His centenary was marked with two flypasts – one by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and one by the Army Air Corps.

Cover image: Some of the 150,000 birthday cards sent to Captain Tom ahead of his birthday earlier this year (Picture: MOD).