Six soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment of the British Army are set to carry the coffin of NHS hero Tom Moore today in what is expected to be a "spectacular" send off.
Church bells will ring for the first time in months across Britain today to honour the veteran who died of Covid-19 aged 100 - after he inspired millions around the country by valiantly raising money for the NHS during the height of the pandemic.
The hero plunged £32 million into NHS funds as a result of his charity work in order to aid coronavirus efforts, which sadly killed him on February 2.
Six soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment - which recruits soldiers across Hull and the East Riding - will carry his coffin into the crematorium in honour of the captain who during the Second World War served with the Duke of Wellington's Regiment which later merged with two others from Yorkshire - soon becoming known as the Yorkshire Regiment.
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Captain Tom was made Honorary Colonel of the regiment last August, after he began to walk one hundred lengths of his garden in aid of NHS Charities Together, with the goal of raising £1,000 by his 100th birthday.
Although after the 24-day fundraising effort, Captain Tom well surpassed his initial goal, raising £32.79m for the NHS.
To commemorate him, hundreds of bell ringers across the UK will toll a single bell 100 times at 12 noon, while the Captain's daughter, Lucy Teixeira, says the funeral will be "spectacular" - despite only eight members of his immediate family being allowed to attend.
The Captain's daughters, Hannah Ingram-Moore and Ms Teixeira, four grandchildren and his sons-in-law are to be the only attendees, who said that: "we will honour him the best way we possibly can."
A firing party of 14 will fire each three rounds in unison during the send off which will end with a bugler sounding The Last Post and Frank Sinatra's 'My Way' "because I always did things my way and especially like the line about having too few regrets to mention", as the Captain wrote in a to-be-published book called Captain Tom's Life Lessons.
A ceremonial guard will then from reprised by six members of the Army Foundation College in Harrogate - where Captain Tom was made an Honorary Colonel.
The exact time of the funeral has not been shared with the public to ensure no public gatherings, with the family urging people to stay at home in order to support the NHS.
The Church of England has not been able to give a formal endorsement of the bell ringing plans for today as bell ringing has only been prohibited in the form of a single bell during lockdown - or bells rung by the same family group in churches that have been open.
Although, the majority of churches in England have remained closed.
There are plans to plant trees around the world in the father of two's honour, with Ms Teixeira hoping that the Trees for Tom initiative will result in a wood in his home county of Yorkshire and the reforestation of part of India, where he served during the Second World War.
"My sister and I have been creating the funeral that my father wanted," she said.
"He was very clear in his wishes and if he could have been put into a cardboard box, he would have done that, rather than chop down a tree."
Ms Teixeira went on to say that she had received many messages from well-wishers, and that it was "wonderful" to see people writing in an online book of condolence.
Once Covid-19 restrictions permit, the family will inter Captain Tom's ashes in Yorkshire, with his parents and grandparents in the Moore family plot, but for now they have honoured the requests set out by Tom which were set out in a 'lovely' and 'open' conversation prior to his death, according to daughter Ms Ingram-Moore.
She said the national treasure had wanted Victoria sponge cakes and sandwiches at his wake and had asked for his ashes to be taken to the family grave in his beloved Yorkshire.
Speaking in a heartwarming interview with Good Morning Britain, Ms Ingram-Moore said: "Of course, he was older so the concept of talking about death was a real one.
"But we had a lovely conversation in his kitchen and I said to him the thought of a very quiet funeral might not cut it and that people might be quite interested, and he said in his Yorkshire accent "Do you think so?".
"And so I asked him what he wanted and his wishes were really clear, he said he would like to be cremated and his ashes taken to the family grave in Yorkshire.
"He was very descriptive about the songs he wanted to be played and he wanted us to eat Victoria sponge cakes and sandwiches after, and was so glad he didn't have to make them."
Ms Ingram-Moore also revealed during the interview that her father had asked to have "I told you I was old" engraved on his headstone in tribute to a joke by his favourite comic growing up.
The witty line is inspired by comedian Spike Milligan's famous epitaph "I told you I was ill", which he said had "always made me laugh", according to Ms Ingram-Moore, who added: "He had a sense of humour and that humour runs in the family."
Speaking openly about his funeral arrangements, Captain Tom said he would like a small white headstone - "nothing too fancy" - and hoped it could be adorned with the line from Milligan.
"When I was younger I enjoyed listening to The Goon Show on the wireless, and one of the comedians who always made me laugh the hardest was Spike Milligan.
"Like me, he fought in the Second World War, but was wounded in Italy. When he died at the age of 83, he wrote his own epitaph, which was engraved in Gaelic on his headstone. It reads: "I told you I was ill".
"This always made me laugh, so I think I'd ask for the simple inscription of my name, the dates of my earthly span, and the words: "I told you I was old".