From war hero to lockdown hero: Britain mourns Captain Tom

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From war hero to lockdown hero: Britain mourns Captain Tom

Centenarian raised millions for health workers and captured a nation’s heart before himself dying of Covid

Ben Makori

With flowers and lights, Britain paid tribute on Wednesday to Captain Tom Moore, 100, who touched the hearts of millions by offering a simple message of hope and self-sacrifice during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Moore, who raised tens of millions of pounds for the National Health Service by walking up and down his garden, died on Tuesday in Bedford Hospital after suffering from Covid-19 and pneumonia. He had been fighting cancer for five years.

Outside his home in Marston Moretaine, 80km north of London, children laid flowers. One message read: “Rest in Peace Captain Tom. We love you. X.”..

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