Captain Tom Made Honorary Colonel on His 100th Birthday

Captain Tom Moore has been made an honorary colonel by the Queen to mark his 100th birthday, after raising £30million for NHS Charities Together.

The war veteran walked laps of his garden to raise the funds during the coronavirus lockdown to raise money for healthcare workers.

Capt Tom has now raised well over £31million for NHS Charities Together and walked 200 laps of his garden in total.

He was informed of his promotion to honorary colonel in a letter presented to him at his home by Lt Col Thomas Miller, commanding officer of the 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment.

Capt Tom said, “Although I can't use it in public it really is something special to be able to say, honorary colonel.

"I'm still Captain Tom, that's who I really am but if people choose to call me colonel, well, thank you very much!"

Earlier in the day, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Helen Nellis, was delighted to present Captain Tom Moore with a 100th birthday card from Her Majesty The Queen on 30th April 2020. Following advice from Public Health England and strict social distancing measures agreed with the family and Bedfordshire Police, the Lord-Lieutenant was pleased to wish Captain Tom a very happy birthday on behalf of Her Majesty and the people of Captain Tom’s home county of Bedfordshire.

HM Lord-Lieutenant Helen Nellis said, "It was an honour to present Captain Tom Moore with his 100th birthday card from The Queen. While observing strict social distancing rules, it was a pleasure to meet this wonderful gentleman who has inspired so much generosity towards the outstanding staff of our NHS. We in Bedfordshire are incredibly proud of his contribution, which alongside the thousands of people who are working incredibly hard to keep us safe and well, demonstrate how individual acts, as well as people working together, can help us to build strong, compassionate and courageous communities."

On behalf of the people of Bedfordshire, Captain Tom was presented with a certificate showing a section of the Forest of Marston Vale, (recently accredited as part of The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy) which has been named in his honour as "Captain Tom Moore’s Spinney".

An inscribed copy of The Pilgrim's Progress, written by John Bunyan, one of Bedfordshire's most famous sons, was gifted to Captain Tom as his name joins those who have written the rich story of this remarkable county. He has become a symbol of generosity, steadfastness, resilience and kindness during this difficult time.

Cranfield University will recognise Captain Tom Moore’s services to the local community and the country by awarding him an Honorary Degree later this year.

Captain Tom Moore's fundraiser for the NHS has so far netted £31.6m £32m and it's still rising. To donate to this fund please go to

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has announced they will be restoring a garden and renaming it after Captain Tom. 

Simon Linnet, the chair of Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said in a recorded message for Captain Tom Moore,

“Captain Tom, Hello, and happy birthday. Outside the offices of Bedford hospital, there exists a garden which we will be restoring and renaming after you to commemorate your extraordinary walk. This new garden will be designed to offer recuperation and tranquillity to patients today and for many years to come. On behalf of the hospital and the broader community, we wish to record our deep gratitude for the inspiration that captured the hearts of so many at such a testing time. The exceptional generosity that you have unleashed will, through NHS Charities Together, benefit so many. Captain Tom, we admire you, we applaud you, and we wish you a very happy centenary birthday from us, and from all those in the future, who will forever remember your remarkable achievement. Happy Birthday, and Thank you.”

Interesting Facts

  • Capt Tom joined the army at the beginning of World War Two. He served in India and Myanmar, which was then known as Burma. 
  • After the war he became an instructor at the Armoured Fighting Vehicle School in Bovington, Dorset.

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