Captain Sir Tom Moore’s ashes were buried alongside his parents and grandparents in his family grave in Yorkshire yesterday.
Representatives of the NHS, Royal British Legion, Scouts, Guides and other groups lined the path at Morton Cemetery in Riddlesden, Keighley.
Before he was laid to rest, a short service was presided over by the Town Chaplain of Keighley, the Reverend Dr. Jonathan Pritchard. Moore’s family, including his daughters, grandchildren, and others, were all present at the service, alongside the Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Ed Anderson.
A guard of honour featuring representatives from several local sports teams and community groups also arrived at the service on two double decker buses.
Sir Tom’s daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore said her father was immensely proud to come from Keighley, and that he would love to be back in the West Yorkshire town.
“It didn’t matter where he was, this was still home to him,” she said.
“For him to be back here in the hands and the arms of this local community, I know that made him so happy, so we’re really happy too.”
The brilliant message on his headstone also leaves a fitting legacy.
The inscription on the stone that marks Sir Tom’s final resting was requested by the man himself, and reads: “I told you I was old.”
The war veteran – who sadly passed away back in February at aged 100 after testing positive for COVID-19 – truly captured the hearts of the nation in April 2020 after he raised over £32 million for NHS Charities Together by walking 100 laps of his garden before becoming a centenarian. He completed the mission with a guard of honour.
After first receiving a title of honorary colonel, Sir Tom was then knighted by the Queen during a unique open-air ceremony at Windsor Castle in July last year.
His official title became Captain Sir Thomas Moore under Ministry of Defence protocol.
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