The Prime Minister has lowered the flags above No10 to half-mast to pay tribute to Captain Sir Tom Moore following his death.
Boris Johnson hailed Captain Sir Tom “a hero” as he paid tribute to the 100-year-old who passed away in hospital after testing positive with coronavirus following a battle with pneumonia.
Captain Tom became a figure of inspiration across the world last spring when he raised nearly £33 million for the NHS during the first coronavirus lockdown walking over 100 laps of his garden ahead of his 100th birthday.
In a statement this afternoon, the Prime Minister said: “Captain Sir Tom Moore was a hero in the truest sense of the word.
“In the dark days of the Second World War he fought for freedom and in the face of this country’s deepest post war crisis he united us all, he cheered us all up, and he embodied the triumph of the human spirit.
“It is quite astonishing that at the age of 100 he raised more than £32million for the NHS, and so gave countless others their own chance to thank the extraordinary men and women who have protected us through the pandemic.
“He became not just a national inspiration but a beacon of hope for the world.
“Our thoughts are with his daughter Hannah and all his family.”