But he added, “I don’t remember at that time being afraid.”
Mr. Moore returned home after the war and built a comfortable life as a manager of the concrete company. He was active until his late 90s, mowing the lawn, tending a greenhouse, and driving his own car. But two years ago, he fell into his kitchen, broke his hip, a rib, and punctured his lung.
His stay in the hospital has left a lasting appreciation to the doctors and nurses of the National Health Service. As the service struggled with an influx of coronavirus patients last spring, raising money for its trapped employees seemed a worthy cause.
“We never expected in 100 years, when we started, that this amount of money would be raised,” said Mr. Moore.
Part of the money it raised is being used to set up treatment facilities for doctors and nurses to relieve stress after they work on treating Covid patients. Mr. Moore said he viewed fundraising as a way to support health workers, remembers the British who supported him and his fellow soldiers during the war.
“At that time, we were fighting people my age, and the crowd was standing behind us,” said Mr. Moore. “In this case, the doctors and nurses and all the medical workers are on the front lines. It’s up to my generation to support them, just as we were supported.”
Even after reaching the age of 100, Mr. Moore has not lost his sense of adventure. In addition to Barbados, he has expressed a desire to return to India.
He realistically said, “This is something I like to do, but at 100, you have a certain time limit.”