There’s been very little to celebrate during the lockdown period but the one shining light in all of this has undoubtedly been the efforts of Captain Thomas Moore.

The war veteran raised more than £32m for NHS charities by completing 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday in April, capturing hearts around the world and bringing many to tears.

Many were calling for him to be knighted for his efforts, which has now been confirmed after a special nomination from the prime minister.

According to the BBC, as an honorary colonel, his official title will be Captain Sir Thomas Moore, under Ministry of Defence protocol.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has recommended to the Queen that Colonel Tom get knighted.


“Colonel Tom’s fantastic fundraising broke records, inspired the whole country and provided us all with a beacon of light through the fog of coronavirus,” he said in a statement.

“On behalf of everyone who has been moved by his incredible story, I want to say a huge thank you. He’s a true national treasure.”

Labour party leader Sir Keir Starmer also congratulated Captain Tom for bringing ‘inspiration to millions and helped all of us to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of our NHS’.

“In his actions, Tom embodied the national solidarity which has grown throughout this crisis, and showed us that everyone can play their part in helping build a better future,” he said.

Capt Tom, who was born in Keighley, West Yorkshire, captured the hearts of the nation and his birthday celebrations were extensive.


The occasion was marked with an RAF flypast as well as birthday greetings from the Queen and prime minister.

He was also made an honorary colonel by the 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, in which he had served during World War Two, and received an estimated 140,000 cards.

What a hero.