The whole nation has been inspired by the fundraising walk undertaken by Captain Tom Moore; who served in The ‘Dukes’ during WWII. Tom continues to proudly wear the Regimental tie and sport the Regimental Cap Badge on his blazer.
Tom was born in April 1920 and raised in Keighley, Yorkshire. He now lives in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire with his daughter (Hannah), son-in-law (Colin) and two grandchildren. Tom attended Keighley Grammar School and later went on to complete an apprenticeship, as a Civil Engineer. Tom first enlisted into 8DWR (which was converted to armour as 145 RAC though it retained its DWR title), as a Private soldier, at the beginning of the war. In 1940 he was selected for Officer Training. He was then posted to 9DWR (146 RAC) as a 2Lt, later rising to Lt then Captain, in India, where he served and fought on the Arakan, in Burma. This is the part of Burma which the Rohinga have recently been expelled from, by the Burmese Army with such tragic consequences.
After WW2 Tom returned to the UK and was posted to Bovington, as an instructor at the Armoured Fighting Vehicle School.
After leaving the Army Tom had a successful career as a Civil Engineer. Throughout he never lost his loyalty to the ‘Dukes’ and he joined General Evelyn on his last Regimental Association battlefield tour, to Italy, making the steep climb to the top of Monte Cece at the age of 91!
Perhaps most notably, from a ‘Dukes’ perspective, is that he personally organised, for 65 years, without a single break the annual 9DWR reunion in Leeds. This in itself must be a unique record – so Tom has form!
Tom’s tale is one full of twists, turns and includes within it some of the monumental moments in our shared British history, so it is completely understandable why he hasn’t wanted to just sit still and do nothing during our current epidemic. So, by way of a thank-you for the excellent care he received from the NHS when he fell and broke his hip last year, Tom set about raising funds for the NHS pledging to walk 100 lengths of his 25-metre garden before his100th birthday; donating 100% of all funds raised to ‘NHS Charities Together.’ The aim then was to raise £1,000 pounds
The ‘NHS Charities Together’ represents, supports and champions the work of all the NHS’s official charities. It also provides the National voice for NHS charities, champions key projects and themes that best enhance patient care and experience, and the impact NHS charity funds make.NHS charities give £1million a day to the NHS, providing vital funds to help the NHS do more and be better equipped.
The Regimental Association is working together with Tom’s family to mark Tom’s 100th birthday in a suitable and unique manner to reflect his ties to the Regiment.
At the time of writing this News Release; Tom’s Just Giving page fund raising had passed the £30 million mark, when you include the gift aid amount.
Various Newspapers have written about Tom, such as this article in the Telegraph:- https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/04/16/captain-tom-moore-nhs-just-giving/ and this one, by the BBC:- https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-52316856 With many people creating drawings and other artwork depicting him.
Unfortunately one nameless newspaper had him down as a WWI officer, which would have had Tom aged around 126.
Other Artwork and poetry includes:
There is this video, by Adam Salisbury.
The Chief of the General Staff conferred on Tom a Ceremonial Appointment as Honorary Colonel of the Army Foundation College, in Harrogate. At the same time a Duplicate War Defence Medal was presented to Tom, which a member of the Medal Office had noticed was missing from Tom’s Medal bar. After Checking his records it was noted that the medal had been sent to him at the end of the war, but must have gone missing in the post; so somewhere out there, there is Tom’s original one. Lt Col Miller, Commanding Officer of 1Yorks, also presented Tom with the Yorkshire Regiment Medal, on behalf of the whole Regiment for his outstanding achievement.
Some people have been calling for the Just Giving website to waive all fees, so 100% of contributions go to charity.
However Just giving does incur fees that they have to pass on for card processing by the banks, staff wages and website fees for hosting the website and email facilities, which is explained more in this website link:-