Captain Sir Tom Moore 240920 CREDIT PA
Veterans

Captain Sir Tom Funeral: What Will The Military Involvement Be?

Captain Sir Tom Moore died earlier this month at the age of 100 after testing positive for COVID-19.

Captain Sir Tom Moore 240920 CREDIT PA

Representatives of the military will attend Captain Sir Tom Moore's funeral on Saturday.

The 100-year-old Second World War veteran, who raised more than £32m for the NHS by walking 100 laps of his garden during the first lockdown, died on 2 February after testing positive for COVID-19.

During World War Two, he served with the Duke of Wellington's Regiment.

It later merged with two others from Yorkshire, becoming the Yorkshire Regiment, for which Capt Sir Tom was made an Honorary Colonel last August.

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

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 Capt Sir Tom was made an Honorary Colonel, will then form a ceremonial guard.

1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment form a Guard of Honour for veteran Captain Tom Moore
Captain Sir Tom Moore was given a guard of honour by soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment when completing his challenge last April (Picture: MOD).

Because of the pandemic and national restrictions, Capt Sir Tom's funeral will be attended only by eight members of his immediate family.

His daughter Lucy Teixeria, 52, said the service will be "quite spectacular", adding: "My sister and I have been creating the funeral that my father wanted."

The family has asked that people 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.

Once coronavirus restrictions allow, they will inter Capt Sir Tom's ashes in Yorkshire, in the Moore family plot with his parents and grandparents.

RAF Fylingdales in North Yorkshire has paid tribute to the veteran ahead of the funeral by projecting images of the fundraiser onto the surface of its pyramid structure radar.

The veteran was knighted by the Queen in a ceremony at Windsor Castle in July in recognition of his fundraising work.

Cover image: PA.