The former head of the Royal Marines Major General Matthew Holmes died as a
result of hanging, a hearing to open his inquest has heard.
Police attended an incident at his home in Winchester on September 22 when he was found dead, aged 54.
Maj Gen Holmes had ‘concerns about his marriage and his service career’ before his death, Hampshire coroner Jason Pegg told the hearing in Winchester.
After tours of Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan, the married father-of-two was appointed Commandant General Royal Marines in 2019.
Although expected to hold the post for three years, Major General Holmes stepped down six months ago over a row over plans to change his role, according to earlier reports.
After hearing of his death, his successor as Royal Marines head, Lieutenant General Rob Magowan, said: ‘My heart goes out to him and his family. We will honour him and all those closest to him.’
‘It matters not that he was a general, but it does that he is a Royal Marine.
‘I remember and celebrate him, alongside all those who he is with now. We are one family, together, just as we learned, and as we trained, alongside each other at the Commando Training Centre. Once a marine, always a marine.’
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