By Rachael Grealish
Captain Sir Tom Moore, who rallied the nation during lockdown and supported the NHS has died age 100.
The World War Two hero had previously been suffering with pneumonia when he was admitted to hospital with COVID-19 on January 31.
In a statement his daughters Hannah and Lucy said: “It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our dear father, Captain Sir Tom Moore.
“We are so grateful that we were with him during the last hours of his life; Hannah, Benjie and Georgia by his bedside and Lucy on FaceTime. We spent hours chatting to him, reminiscing about our childhood and our wonderful mother. We shared laughter and tears together.
“The last year of our father’s life was nothing short of remarkable. He was rejuvenated and experienced things he’d only ever dreamed of.
“Whilst he’d been in so many hearts for just a short time, he was an incredible father and grandfather, and he will stay alive in our hearts forever.
“The care our father received from the NHS and carers over the last few weeks and years of his life has been extraordinary. They have been unfalteringly professional, kind and compassionate and have given us many more years with him than we ever would have imagined.
“Over the past few days our father spoke a great deal about the last 12 months and how proud he felt at being able to leave behind the growing legacy of his Foundation.
“We politely ask for privacy at this time so we can grieve quietly as a family and remember the wonderful 100 years our father had. Thank you.”
Born in 1920, in Keighley, West Yorkshire Sir Tom was an apprentice engineer before war broke out in 1939.
Age 19 he enlisted enlisted in the 8th Battalion, Duke of Wellington’s Regiment and was selected for officer training in 1940 – following this he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in June 1941.
During the first lockdown in 2020 Sir Tom pledged to walk 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday to raise £1,000 for the NHS – in the end he raised over £30 million.
Sir Tom was eventually knighted by the Queen, who has sent her condolences, privately, to the national heroes family.
The Queen is sending a private message of condolence to the family of Captain Sir Tom Moore.
Her Majesty very much enjoyed meeting Captain Sir Tom and his family at Windsor last year. Her thoughts and those of the Royal Family are with them. pic.twitter.com/nl1krvoUlW
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) February 2, 2021
The WWII hero had been receiving treatment for pneumonia for some time before he was diagnosed with COVID-19.