In a press conference today, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he is “open” to introducing a monument for the legendary fundraiser Captain Sir Tom Moore, and is ongoing talks with his family to achieve it.
Born in 1920 in Yorkshire, the captain died with Covid-19 yesterday aged 100 – drawing tributes from public figures across the political spectrum.
Moore had a long and celebrated history of devoted military service during the Second World War, where he served in the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment.
By 1940 he rose to the rank of captain and was later posted to India, where his passion for motorcycles led him to running a training campaign for army motorcyclists.
He served and fought in western Burma, and following the Japanese surrender went with his regiment to Sumatra.
The avid-motorcyclist was later the managing director of a concrete company.
Aged 99, Captain Tom Moore raised over £32.79 million pounds for the National Health Service, although he originally intended to raise only £1,000, by walking lengths of his garden with the help of his walking frame.
His heroic efforts led to him being knighted by the Queen as well as being made an honorary army colonel.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has labelled Moore as: “A hero in the truest sense of the word.”
Johnson continued: “In the dark days of the Second World War he fought for freedom and, in the face of this country’s deepest post-war crisis, he united us all, he cheered us all up and he embodied the triumph of the human spirit.”
On the subject of a monument to the war hero Secretary of State for Health Matt Hancock told LBC: “Yes, I do think that we should find a way, at the right time, to honour the contribution that he made to the NHS and he was an inspiration to so many people.”