Video report by ITV News Correspondent Rachel Younger
Captain Sir Tom Moore had a knack of bringing out the very best in people - and where he walked, others followed.
His unstinting encouragement and his example spurred on Rajinder Singh to skip for the NHS. He was just one of the millions Captain Tom inspired.
But it wasn't just his own generation who loved him. Six year old Tony decided that if Captain Tom could take step after step for the NHS - then so could he - spending the first lockdown learning to walk on prosthetic legs , to the delight of his family and the man who inspired him.
As Sir Captain Tom's fame grew, he got to meet a few of his heroes too , but none of them doubted who the real star was.
His singing co-star Michael Ball tweeted: Rest in peace @captaintommoore . A wonderful life so well lived and a hero and fighter to the very end. So very very sad."