Colonel Tom Moore captured the heart of the nation with his incredible fundraising efforts and now he has received the country’s highest honour.
The 100-year-old has today been knighted by The Queen in her first public engagement since the start of lockdown.
The World War Two hero raised more than £33million for the NHS by walking laps of his garden during the coronavirus pandemic.
But at his receives his knighthood and becomes Sir Tom, there will be one person missing from his side – his beloved wife, Pamela.
Born in Keighley in West Yorkshire, Colonel Tom attended the local grammar school before training as a civil engineer.
In the midst of World War Two he enlisted in the Army and served with the Duke of Wellington’s regiment in India and Burma, being honoured with a raft of bravery medals.
When he was posted to serve in India in October 1941, it took his Battalion six weeks by sea to arrive there.
During his time in south Asia Colonel Tom was instructed to start a motorcycling course before the Battalion was moved on to Calcutta – a road journey which took three weeks in Monsoon season.
Back in the UK Colonel Tom was sent on a course at The Armoured Fighting Vehicle School in Bovington.
After leaving the Forces Colonel Tom started work as a salesman and had all but given up on love.
But then, aged 50, he met his beloved wife Pamela and finally found his happy ending, getting married in 1968.
She was 35 and working as an office manager when Captain Tom first met her.
He said: “As it so happened, the office manager in Gravesend was a rather attractive young lady – she looked terrific to me, like a model – so I had to do various trips and, shall we say, the attraction with the office manager became stronger and I eventually married her.”
The couple had two daughters, Lucy and Hannah.
He describes their marriage as “a happy time” and the devoted couple loved the simple things in life.
Colonel Tom joked: “Pamela loved nothing more than a trip to Marks & Spencer. That was her dream day out, so we did that a lot.”
Heartbreakingly, Pamela’s health started to decline 20 years ago and her devoted husband cared for her for two years.
When her condition needed extra medical attention, Pamela was moved into a care home but Colonel Tom was still her main carer.
He would visit her every, single day and he was the one who fed her her meals and would sit with her for hours on end until she passed away 14 years ago.
Colonel Tom, who is still fiercely independent, now lives with his daughter, Hannah, along with his grandchildren, Georgia and Benjie, in the village of Marston Moretaine in Bedfordshire.