Maj Gen Matthew Holmes, who had led the Marines until his replacement in a reorganization early this year has been found dead on Saturday 2nd of October 2021.
The prime minister, Boris Johnson led tributes from across the military to the former head of the Royal Marines who died at the age of 54 in the weekend.
Johnson said, “My thoughts are with Matt’s family and friends at this difficult time, as well as the Royal Marines and Royal Navy, who I know will feel this loss keenly.”
From 2019 until April this year, Holmes had been commandant general of the marines and had previously served in Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan during a career of more than 30 years in the armed forces.
The cause of his death was not clear but the Ministry of Defence said in a statement after an investigation that Holmes had taken his own life. There had been a period of personal difficulties, they said.
Some of his colleagues in the military paid tributes after his demise;
“Matt was also a dear friend to many, and a close friend of mine for over 20 years. He will be sorely missed by the service and especially the corps family,” said Adm Sir Tony Radakin, the head of the Royal Navy.
The defence secretary, Ben Wallace, said on Monday, “We mourn the tragic loss of one of our own” – and praised Holmes for serving with “distinction and rigour”.