CAPTAIN Sir Tom Moore broke down in tears as he remembered the moment he put his dementia-suffering wife into a care home.
The national hero, 100, opened up about his life in a new interview with GQ, which saw him become the publication's oldest ever cover star.
War veteran Sir Tom's second wife Pamela was diagnosed with the degenerative condition in her sixties and was placed into residential care in the early 2000s.
Two decades on and it still moves the NHS fundraiser to tears.
He said: “I realise it was the best that could be done. I realise my effort wasn’t enough.”
During one visit he called Pamela telling him: "If you didn’t come and see me, I would be so lonely.”
It made him think of the thousands of others around the country in a similar position as well as those with no family or friends at all.
The difficult period in his life is part of the reason he launched The Captain Tom Foundation, to support people whose loved ones have received a terminal diagnosis.
Captain Tom found love with office manager Pamela, who was 15 years his junior, after his first wife Billie left him for her psychiatrist.
The two would go on dates, talk, and he even took her on her first foreign holiday to the south of France.
He soon proposed, stating that he was "happier than he had been in years."
Pamela then fell pregnant, fulfilling something he never thought he'd be able to experience with Billie – fatherhood.
The couple then welcomed daughter Lucy into the world, followed by Hannah.
Pamela never lived to see her husband gain national fame for his fundraising efforts, passing away in 2006.
He captured the hearts of the nation earlier this year, when he embarked on a mission to complete 100 laps of his 25m garden to mark his 100th birthday, and raise money for NHS charities together.
As well as raising more than £30m, he was appointed Honorary Colonel of the Army Foundation College in Harrogate, and was knighted by the Queen at a special Windsor Castle ceremony in July.
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