HERO Captain Sir Tom Moore tragically died in hospital aged 100 following a Covid battle.
He was formally knighted in 2020 following a special recommendation from the Prime Minister.
Captain Sir Tom Moore’s knighthood was fast-tracked by the PM and personally approved by the Queen
The war veteran, who raised millions for the NHS at the start of the pandemic, was admitted to hospital on Sunday January 31, 2021 after struggling with his breathing.
His family confirmed Captain Tom has tragically passed away.
The hero, who became a beacon of hope as coronavirus first gripped the world, fell ill with pneumonia and tested positive for the disease.
His daughter Hannah said on Sunday her dad was not in intensive care as she thanked medical staff for doing “all they can” to make him comfortable.
Bedford Hospital said Capt Sir Tom had been joined at his bedside by members of his family.
Why did Captain Tom Moore receiving a knighthood?
He hoped to raise £1,000 for the NHS in the process.
However, the former British Army officer achieved this days earlier than planned, on Thursday, April 16.
A tribute to Captain Tom displayed in London’s Piccadilly Circus on his 100th birthdayCredit: PA:Press Association
He walked his 100th length with a guard of honour from the 1st Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment.
As he walked his last lap, the total raised hit £12.2million.
On May 1 his fundraiser was closed with an astounding £32,794,071 raised.
He celebrated his birthday on April 30, 2020.
Following his death well-wishes immediately flooded in led by Boris Johnson, who said Captain Tom “inspired the whole nation” with his fundraising.
Tom captured the nation’s hearts by walking 100 laps of his garden to raise money for the NHSCredit: PA:Press Association
When did he receive his knighthood?
The Queen knighted Captain Tom Moore in a unique open-air ceremony at Windsor Castle on Friday, July 17, 2020.
It was initially expected the veteran would have to wait until 2021 until he is actually knighted, as the coronavirus pandemic wreaked havoc on all 2020 plans.
Captain Tom was left flabbergasted by his knighthood, describing himself as “absolutely overwhelmed” by it.
Captain Tom pictured in his Army uniform as a young manCredit: Reuters
The honorary colonel, became Captain Sir Thomas Moore under Ministry of Defence protocol.
On learning of the award, he said: “Never for one moment could I have imagined to be awarded with such a great honour.
“I’d like to thank Her Majesty the Queen, the Prime Minister and the Great British public.
“I will remain at your service.”