Dukes veterans pay their respects to Captain Sir Tom Moore on the day of his funeral

Former Dukes gathered in Halifax at the weekend to pay their respects to Captain Sir Tom Moore, whose funeral took place on Saturday.

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BEDFORD, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27: (No reuse after 11.59pm on March 6th 2021 without written consent from [email protected]) The coffin of Captain Sir Tom Moore is carried by members of the Armed Forces during his funeral at Bedford Crematorium on February 27, 2021 in Bedford, England. WWII veteran, Sir Tom raised nearly £33 million for NHS charities ahead of his 100th birthday last year by walking laps of his garden in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire. He died on the 2nd of February after testing positive for COVID-19. (Photo by Joe Giddens - Pool/Getty Images)

Dukes veterans paid their respects to Sir Tom, himself a former member of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, at the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment memorial statue at Woolshops in Halifax town centre.

Sir Tom died in hospital aged 100 last month after being treated for pneumonia for some time and testing positive for coronavirus.

Sir Tom’s fundraising efforts raised more than £32 million for the NHS, walking 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday during the first national lockdown in April.

Young British Army recruits were granted the privilege of forming the honour guard for the funeral of Sir Tom.

Soldiers from Harrogate’s Army Foundation College (AFC), which specialises in training 16 and 17-year-olds, fulfilled the wishes of the late serviceman’s family.

Commanding Officer (CO) of the AFC, Lieutenant Colonel Simon Farebrother MC, said: “The College is really lucky to be supporting the Yorkshire Regiment with the funeral. Captain Sir Tom was a generous, warm soul. Just a lovely person to have around.

“He came to the College twice. Everyone found that he was a hugely optimistic person, he loved being around the military environment. He was amazed at the development we put into these young people.”