CAPTAIN Sir Tom Moore will be laid to rest today February 27, after dying with coronavirus on Tuesday, February 2.
Follow the latest updates on Captain Tom Moore's funeral on our live blogFloral tributes left for Captain Tom Moore on the village green in Marston Moretaine, where he livedCredit: AP:Associated Press
What time is Captain Tom Moore's funeral?
Captain Sir Tom Moore passed away at the beginning of February aged 100, after contracting pneumonia and Covid-19.
His family worked closely with Bedfordshire police ahead of announcing the details of his funeral in a bid to stop well-wishers from gathering.
In a statement confirming the news, they called upon the public to stay at home to pay their respects.
It read: “Over the past year our father spoke openly about his death and his funeral, and had wondered out-loud if perhaps the interest in him over the last 12 months would mean we would need to have more Victoria Sponge cakes available for the extra guests.
“Sadly, like so many other families affected by the pandemic, we have no choice but to hold a small family funeral, which will take place this Saturday.
"Whilst we understand so many people wish to pay their respects to our father, we ask that the public and the press continue to support the NHS by staying at home."
Where will Captain Tom Moore's funeral be held?
Captain Sir Tom Moore’s funeral will take place close to his family's home in Bedfordshire.
Six soldiers will carry his coffin into the crematorium in Bedfordshire and, a firing party of 14 will each fire three rounds in unison.
A C-47 Dakota, part of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, will soar overhead before a bugler sounds the Last Post at the end of a private service.
Church bells will ring 100 times at midday.
Michael Buble has recorded a version of the song Smile that will be played during the service.
My Way by Frank Sinatra will be heard at the end, as requested by Capt Sir Tom, who said he liked the line about "having too few regrets to mention".
The charity single he recorded with Michael Ball, You'll Never Walk Alone, will also be featured, along with The White Cliffs Of Dover by Dame Vera Lynn and I Vow To Thee My Country by Alfie Boe.
The funeral will be attended by Captain Sir Tom's two daughters, Lucy Teixeira and Hannah Ingram-Moore, four grandchildren and his sons-in-law.
Tom, 20, told the Daily Mail: "I don’t think grandad would want a grand funeral.
"He’d like a small, intimate service with just the family. 'March in, march out' he’d say. Pay your respects, then move on, get on with your lives. "
Parts of the funeral will be filmed by the BBC so those who supported Sir Tom can be part of the ceremony, which is being attended by his two daughters, Hannah and Lucy, his four grandchildren and his sons-in-laws.
Once Covid-19 restrictions permit, the family will intern Sir Tom’s ashes in Yorkshire, where he will rest with his parents and grandparents in the Moore family plot.The Speaker of the House of Commons led a minute silence in the chamber to Captain Sir Tom Moore and all those affected by Covid-19Credit: HOC/JESSICA TAYLOR
Where can I send a gift to Captain Tom's family?
In a statement, Captain Moore's family said they had been contacted by many people asking what they could do to honour their father.
One option, they said, was to write in an online book of condolence.
The statement read: "People can also donate to The Captain Tom Foundation, plant a tree in his memory or donate to a charity of your choice.
“In the last few months of his life, our father had spent many enjoyable hours writing a book he chose to call Captain Tom’s Life Lessons, which he planned to release just before his 101st birthday. Sadly, he’ll never get to share this with you personally.
“The final chapter is so poignant and reading it brings us so much comfort and warmth, so we share the last chapter now as a thank you, from our father Tom and us as a family, for the love and kindness The Nation and the world have shown him.”
The book of condolence for Sir Tom can be found here.
His family suggested if people wanted to pay tribute to their father they should donate to his foundation or to charities that would plant trees in his name.