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Captain Tom becomes Honorary Colonel in Harrogate

Captain Tom becomes Honorary Colonel in Harrogate

Published by May Norman at 6:31am 30th April 2020. (Updated at 7:13am 30th April 2020)

Main image: Courtesy of Cpl Robert Weideman/Army

Captain Tom Moore appointed Honorary Colonel to inspire next generation of soldiers

  • Captain Tom Moore's been made an honorary colonel at Harrogate's Army Foundation College.
  • It's to mark the Second World War veteran's 100th birthday and in recognising his fundraising efforts in which he generated almost £30m for NHS charities.
  • Captain Tom's appointment, which has been approved by the Queen, is to inspire the next generation of soldiers.

Inspirational war veteran Captain Tom Moore has been appointed the first Honorary Colonel of the Army Foundation College, Harrogate.

It's to mark his 100th birthday and is in recognition of his incredible NHS fundraising efforts.

Chief of the General Staff General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith made the appointment, which has been approved by the Queen, in order to inspire the next generation of soldiers.

Captain Tom Moore and Hannah Ingram-Moore
Captain Tom Moore opened NHS Nightingale Hospital in Harrogate

The veteran, who was born in Keighley, served with the 8th Battalion The Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding) Regiment, which is now part of The Yorkshire Regiment.

The Army Foundation College prepares 16 and 17-year-old junior soldiers for a career in the Army.

As Honorary Colonel, Captain Tom 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 Moore

Junior Soldier Ash Greenwood, aged 16, currently attends the Army Foundation College in Harrogate and will go on to join 2nd Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment (2 YORKS).

He said:

“Captain Tom Moore states that the NHS are today's ‘front line’ and he knows what it’s like to be on the front line, serving in India and the Burma campaign during the Second World War and fighting in battles such as the Battle of Ramree Island.

“Captain Tom has not only inspired me but an entire nation to reach their personal goals no matter how big or small. It’s an honour to have you as our Honorary Colonel, and the college is extremely proud of you and your achievements both within your military career and your fundraising for the NHS. Having you affiliated with the Army Foundation College is brilliant.

“In the army you never walk alone.”

It has also been specially arranged for Captain Moore to have two birthday flypasts today, one from the era of his service, and also a flight of modern-day aircraft.

It includes a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flypast of a Spitfire and a Hurricane and then a flypast by the Army Air Corps of a Wildcat and an Apache Attack Helicopter, allowing his former Service to show their appreciation.

Secretary of State for Defence, Ben Wallace, said:

"Captain Tom is simply inspirational and I am absolutely delighted the Army has honoured him in such a fitting manner.

“He not only embodies the spirit of our incredible veteran community, but the resolve of this nation. During these unprecedented times he has reminded us all hardship is easier endured when we place the needs of others above our own, and approach everything with a smile".

“Like millions of others, I put my hand in my pocket for his incredible fundraising feat that will do such good for the NHS working on the frontline of this battle right now."

“Ahead of VE Day 75, it is fitting that we are once again looking to the Second World War generation to show us the way."

“Now, as Honorary Colonel of the Army Foundation College Harrogate he will help guide and inspire the next generation of soldiers."

“I join everyone in the Defence community, serving and veteran, in wishing Captain Tom a very happy birthday."