The former commander of the Royal Marines, who carried Prince Philip’s coffin, has been discovered dead.
Prince Philip’s pall bearer, a former chief of the Royal Marines, has been discovered dead.
The death of Major General Matthew Holmes, 54, is being investigated, according to the Ministry of Defence (MoD). He was discovered dead on Saturday, and his coworkers have described him as “one of our most senior and highly decorated Royal Marines.”
From April 2019 through April this year, Major General Holmes, who served in Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan, was Commandant General Royal Marines. According to Plymouth Live, Major Holmes, who was also awarded a CBE in 2019, assisted in the carriage of the Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin at Windsor Castle in April.
Admiral Sir Tony Radakin, First Sea Lord, stated he was “truly grieved” to learn of his friend’s “tragic demise.”
“We grieve the death of one of our most senior and highly decorated Royal Marines; a committed former Commandant General who had distinguished himself for 33 years serving the nation, the Royal Navy, and his beloved Corps,” he said today.
“Matt was also a good friend to many others, including a long-time buddy of mine. He will be much missed by the Service, particularly by the Corps Family.
“However, my thoughts, prayers, and heartfelt condolences are with Matt’s family.”
“Their loss is the most significant and painful: we will be there for them now and in the future.”
From 2006 to 2008, Major Holmes, who earned an MA in Defence Studies from King’s College London, was the commander of 42 Commando.
In 2007, he was named a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order for his leadership in Afghanistan operations.
“My heart goes out to him and his family,” said Lieutenant General Rob Magowan, who succeeded Major General Holmes as the Royal Marines’ commander.
“We will pay tribute to him and his family.”
“It doesn’t matter that he was a general; what matters is that he is a Royal Marine,” he continued.
“Along with all those that he is with now, I remember and celebrate him.” We’re one big family, just like we were in the Commando Training Centre, where we learnt and trained together. “If you’re a marine, you’re a marine forever.” The Ministry of Defense expressed its condolences, sympathy, and greatest hearted condolences to Major General Holmes’ family and friends.
Their privacy has been sought, according to a representative.