Final journey for Captain Sir Tom Moore as funeral service starts

Final journey for Captain Sir Tom Moore as funeral service starts

He died in hospital on February 2 after testing positive for Covid-19.

The coffin of Captain Sir Tom Moore is carried by members of the Armed Forces during his funeral, at Bedford Crematorium, in Bedford, England, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021.

A Second World War-era C-47 Dakota, part of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight which operates from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, will perform a flypast over the funeral service.

He raised almost 33 million pounds ($57 million) for healthcare charities by completing 100 lengths of his garden before his 100th birthday in April a year ago.

Just eight members of the veteran's immediate family attended Saturday's private service, but soldiers carried his coffin, draped in the Union flag, from the hearse to a crematorium and formed a ceremonial guard.

Sir Tom's official Twitter account urged people to join them in enjoying a cup of tea and slice of Victoria sponge cake to celebrate his life.

Moore, who served in India, Burma and Sumatra during the Second World War, set out to raise a modest 1,000 pounds - close to $1,800 Cdn - for Britain's National Health Service by walking 100 laps of his backyard by his 100th birthday a year ago.

Six representatives from the Army Foundation College in Harrogate, which he had been made an honorary Colonel previous year, will then form a ceremonial guard.

Six representatives from the Army Foundation College in Harrogate, where Sir Tom was made an honorary colonel, will then form a ceremonial guard.

The funeral will be attended by Captain Sir Tom's two daughters, Lucy Teixeira and Hannah Ingram-Moore, four grandchildren and his sons-in-law.

"Daddy, you always told us, 'Best foot forward, ' and true to your word, that's what you did a year ago", Moore's daughter, Lucy Teixeira, said at the service.

The veteran's other daughter Hannah, who managed his social media accounts and announced his death earlier this month, said the world had become "enthralled" by her father's spirit of hope, positivity and resilience.

The family set up an online book of condolences that has gathered thousands of messages.

He had asked for his epitaph to be "I told you I was old, " inspired by comedian Spike Milligan whose gravestone says "I told you I was ill".

The service, which was broadcast around the world, also included a specially recorded version of Smile by Michael Buble, music from Dame Vera Lynn, and ended with Frank Sinatra's My Way and a bugler playing The Last Post.

"As per the family's wishes, the public are reminded to continue to support the NHS by staying at home".

Once COVID-19 restrictions loosen, his family will inurn his ashes in the Moore family plot with his parents and grandparents in Yorkshire.

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