Veterans

Captain Sir Tom Moore's Funeral To Be Held On Saturday

Representatives of the Armed Forces will perform ceremonial duties at the funeral.

A "small family funeral" will be held on Saturday for Captain Sir Tom Moore.

The Second World War veteran, who became a national treasure by raising more than £32m for the NHS, died aged 100, on 2 February after testing positive for COVID-19.

His family has requested the public not to attend and "continue to support the NHS by staying at home".

Representatives of the Armed Forces will perform ceremonial duties at the funeral in recognition of Captain Sir Tom's service in the Army and close links to the military.

In line with current COVID-19 restrictions, the funeral will be attended by eight members of Captain Sir Tom's immediate family; his two daughters, four grandchildren and both sons-in-law. 

Once restrictions allow, the family will inter Captain Sir Tom's ashes in Yorkshire, where he will rest with his parents and grandparents in the Moore family plot.

A statement issued on behalf of 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.

Captain Sir Thomas Moore receives his knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II during a ceremony at Windsor Castle 170720 CREDIT PA
The veteran was knighted by the Queen during a ceremony at Windsor Castle last summer (Picture: PA).

"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."

They have set up an online book of condolence and suggested people either plant a tree in his memory or donate to The Captain Tom Foundation or a charity of their choice.

Captain Sir Tom Moore wrote about his own death in a previously unreleased book, reflecting that it was "odd and rather touching" that people he had never met might weep when he died.

It was hoped that the book, Captain Tom's Life Lessons, would be released just before his 101st birthday in April.

As his family announced details of his funeral, they released the final chapter, titled Epilogue.

Cover image: Captain Sir Tom Moore (Picture: PA).