Inspirational World War Two veteran Captain Tom Moore has been appointed the first Honorary Colonel of the Army Foundation College, Harrogate, in recognition of his incredible NHS fundraising feat.
General Mark Carleton-Smith, CGS, said: “On behalf of the army, I’d like to wish Captain Tom Moore a very happy 100th birthday and congratulate him on his heroic achievement in raising over £29m for the NHS.
“His mature wisdom, no-nonsense attitude and humour in adversity make him an inspirational role model to generations young and old, so I am delighted that he has accepted the Honorary Colonelcy of the Army Foundation College in Harrogate, where our 16 and 17 year olds are trained and educated to be the future leaders of the Army.”
Captain Tom hails from Keighley in Yorkshire so it is appropriate that junior soldiers of the Army’s Foundation College in Harrogate now have such an outstanding Honorary Colonel, who served with the 8th Battalion The Duke of Wellington’s Regiment during World War Two.
The Army Foundation College prepares 16 and 17-year-old junior soldiers for a career in the army, teaching them the same values and standards that have proved the bedrock of Captain Tom’s life and amazing charity endeavour.
As Honorary Colonel he will be invited to speak to junior soldiers at Harrogate, ensuring his incredible example is passed on to the next generation of soldiers.
Lieutenant Colonel Richard Hall MBE YORKS, Commanding Officer of AFC Harrogate, said: “Colonel Tom Moore has uniquely captured the imagination of the nation during this difficult time. Our staff and Junior Soldiers stand in awe at his achievements and we see his values of his sacrifice and service to one’s country reflected in the College’s ethos.
“Colonel Tom’s benevolence, his steadiness on parade and his determination to give something back are all truly inspirational. To have such a role model for the Army Foundation College, and to count him as one of our own, is a privilege and an honour.”
Captain Tom was presented with his World War Two Defence Medal, which he sadly lost, ready in time for VE Day celebrations.
The Yorkshire Regiment also presented Captain Tom with their prestigious annual Regimental Medal, given to the individual in the Yorkshire Regiment family who is considered to have made the greatest contribution in the last year.
It was arranged for Captain Moore to have two birthday flypasts, one from the era of his service, and also a flight of modern-day aircraft.