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Funeral held for WW2 veteran, NHS fundraiser Captain Tom

London, Feb 27 (efe-epa).- A private funeral for British World War II veteran and fundraiser Sir Captain Tom Moore was held Saturday in Bedford, England.

Moore, known affectionately as Captain Tom, became a national treasure in the United Kingdom when he raised over 30 million pounds for the NHS by walking 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday during the first Covid-19 lockdown.

His coffin was adorned with a British flag and a small wreath of flowers. Six soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment were the pallbearers.

A guard of honour fired a volley of shots into the air and a WW2-era C-47 Dakota performed a flyover ahead of the funeral, attended by close family.

Moore died on 2 February at the age of 100 from Covid-19 complications. His exploits raising money for the UK’s public health service saw him knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle. EFE-EPA


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