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Former Royal Marines chief executed, inquiry hears

Former head of Royal Marines He was hanged, a hearing was held to open an inquiry into his death.

Major General Matthew Holmes, 54, was found dead in his home bedroom. Winchester, Hampshire, On October 2.

Of Ministry of Defense The cause of death was not known at the time but was not considered suspicious, the MOD said.

In a brief hearing, Coroner Jason Pegg said Maj. Gen. Holmes said: “It is suspected that Matthew Holmes had many concerns at the time of his death, including issues related to his marriage and his service career.”

Corner added that Major General Holmes’ body was formally identified by his wife, Lee.

The inquiry was adjourned for a full hearing on February 10.

Major General Holmes, who served in Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan, was Commandant General Royal Marine from 2019 to April this year.

He commanded 42 Commando Royal Marines from 2006 to 2008 and was appointed a Distinguished Service Order Companion in 2007 to lead operations in Afghanistan.

The father of two was also awarded the CBE in 2019 and has been described as “one of our most senior and highly decorated Royal Marines”.

Major General Holmes died six months later when he left his post as Commandant General, which is usually a three-year term.

Defense Ministry figures pay tribute to their former colleague.

Commanding General Royal Marines Lt. Gen. Rob Magowon said of his predecessor: “We are a family, as we learned, and as we trained, together at the Commando Training Center. Once at sea, Always a sea. “

First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Tony Radakin said that he was a sincere former Commandant General who rendered distinguished services to the nation, the Royal Navy and his beloved Corps.

He said: “Matt was a dear friend of many, and a close friend of mine for 20 years. He offered” deep sympathy “to his family.

“Their loss is the greatest and most painful: we will be with them now and forever,” he added.

Major General Holmes’ last rites are scheduled for October 13 at Winchester Cathedral.

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