Major General Matthew Holmes of the Royal Marines was honored by a gathering of military officials.

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Major General Matthew Holmes of the Royal Marines was honored by a gathering of military officials.

Royal Marines pay respect with their heads bowed as the Union Flag-draped coffin of their former captain is carried aloft by colleagues.

Yesterday, Major General Matthew Holmes was laid to rest with full military honors. On October 2, he was discovered dead at home after losing his dream job as Commandant General and divorcing Lea, his 19-year-old wife.

Admiral Sir Tony Radakin, the Chief of the Armed Forces, and Defence Secretary Ben Wallace were among the 700 mourners, who included service veterans.

Marines lined the road leading to Winchester Cathedral as Maj Gen Holmes’ spouse, Eleanor, 15, and son, William, 11, followed his coffin.

At Prince Phillip’s funeral, four of the pallbearers and Maj Gen Holmes played the same role.

For his leadership in Afghanistan, Maj Gen Holmes, 54, was named Companion of the Distinguished Service Order. He also served in Iraq, Kosovo, and Northern Ireland.

He took his own life, according to the beginning of an inquest, and Hampshire coroner Jason Pegg said the ex-commander of 42 Commando had concerns about his marriage and his military career.

Maj Gen Holmes was reportedly replaced as a result of a management reform inside the Armed Forces.

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