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Police recovered weapons from the former Royal Marine Chief’s home a few days before his death.

Police seized a licensed firearm from the former Royal Marines’ home a few days before his death.

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

An investigator heard the 54-year-old was found hanging after having “many concerns” about his service career and his marriage.

Major General Holmes attended the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh and served in Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.

He was Commandant General Royal Marine from 2019 to April this year.

Hampshire Police have confirmed that an armed police unit attended a family home on September 22 following a “welfare concern” call.

A spokesman for the force said: “We attended on September 22 at around 1.30pm following concerns about the welfare call.

Licensed firearms seized No other person was threatened or arrested in connection with the incident. Armed police participated, but not in armed capacity.

More than 700 mourners, including Secretary of Defense Ben Wallace and senior military leaders, attended Major General Holmes’ funeral at Winchester Cathedral on Wednesday.

Following his death, his widow issued a statement paying tribute to him.

She said: “My husband Matt was a kind, generous man. He was brave and devoted his life to serving in the Royal Marines. He was so selfless that it was the development of his own career. Was more important than

Prior to the final rites, the new head of the Royal Marines, Lt. Gen. Rob McGowan, Commandant General of the Royal Marines (CGRM), wrote in a letter to senior commanders that Major General Holmes’ death was being used to “rip apart.” Navy and Marines

He wrote that Major General Holmes was in a “bad place” after losing his “dream job”.

Referring to the colors of the shirts worn by the Navy and Marines, Lt. Gen. Maguwan said: “The controversy is working to tear apart between white shirts and loincloths, which does not help anyone.”

“This is making my job as CGRM difficult. I will manage it, but it is also affecting the servicing corps, as we strengthen a coordinated relationship in the Navy in pursuit of a future commando force.” Do

A full inquiry into Major General Holmes’ death will take place on February 10, 2022.

Additional PA reporting

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