Former Park High School pupil presents Captain Moore with his honorary promotion to Colonel on his 100th birthday

A former Colne school pupil played a major part in 'Covid Hero' Colonel Tom Moore's 100th birthday celebrations – as the Second World War Veteran raised over £32m. for NHS charities.

By Dominic Collis
Tuesday, 5th May 2020, 11:18 am
Updated Tuesday, 5th May 2020, 11:20 am

Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Miller, Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, presented Captain Tom Moore his honorary promotion to Colonel, made in recognition of his fantastic fund-raising efforts during the coronavirus lockdown.

On his birthday Captain Tom, originally from Keighley, was promoted to the rank of Colonel by the Head of the Army, General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith, after Her Majesty The Queen gave royal assent to the honour. The promotion was detailed in a letter from the Chief of the General Staff, which was presented by Lt Colonel Miller.

Lt Colonel 'Badger' Miller began his army career as a member of the Skipton Army Cadets when he was 13 years old. He is the son of former Earby GP Dr Paul Miller and his wife Ann, and was a pupil at Thornton-in-Craven Primary School before moving to Park High School in Colne.

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Colonel Tom Moore at his 100th birthday celebrations with Lieutenant Colonel Miller. Photos by: Cpl Robert Wideman (UK Ministry of Defence 2020)

His parents currently operate St Andrew's House, a residential home for disabled adults in Barnoldswick.

During the celebrations Lt Colonel Miller also presented Colonel Tom with a replacement of the Second World War Defence Medal, together with the Yorkshire Regiment Medal from current officers. He also received a cake made by Betty's of Harrogate complete with the Regimental Crest and supplies of beer from Timothy Taylor's Keighley brewery.

During the war, Tom was a member of the former 8th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment, serving in India and the Burma campaign. He was also later an Armored Warfare instructor. In 2006 the 'Dukes' Regiment became part of the Yorkshire Regiment.

Although Colonel Tom Moore closed his Just Giving account at midnight on his birthday after raising £32,796,410, he has decided he will not stop walking and has set himself a new target of walking 200 laps of his garden.