Matthew Holmes (Royal Marines officer)

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Matthew Holmes
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Major General Holmes in 2019
Born (1967-06-29) 29 June 1967 (age 53)
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchRoyal Marines
Years of service1988 –
RankMajor General
Commands held42 Commando
Battles/warsWar in Afghanistan
AwardsCommander of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Order

Major General Matthew John Holmes, CBE, DSO (born 29 June 1967) is a senior Royal Marines officer. As of June 2019, he is Commandant General Royal Marines.


He was educated at Desborough College, the University of Exeter (BA, Economics) and King's College London (MA Defence Studies).[1]

Military career[edit]

Holmes was commissioned into the Royal Marines in 1988. He became commanding officer of 42 Commando in April 2006,[2] in which capacity he was deployed to Afghanistan and was appointed a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order for distinguished service there in July 2007.[3] He went on to become Head of Future and Maritime in March 2013,[4] Chief of Staff of the operational headquarters at Permanent Joint Headquarters in 2016,[5] and Director of the Resolute Support Mission Ministerial Advisory Group in 2018.[6] Holmes was appointed Commandant General Royal Marines, taking over from Major General Charlie Stickland.[7]

Holmes was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2019 Birthday Honours.[8]


  1. ^ "Holmes, Maj. Gen. Matthew John, (born 29 June 1967), Deputy Advisor to Minister of Interior Affairs, Afghanistan, since 2018." WHO'S WHO & WHO WAS WHO. 1 Dec. 2018
  2. ^ "Marines swoop into Taliban 'heart of darkness'". The Telegraph. 7 April 2007. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  3. ^ "No. 58396". The London Gazette (Supplement). 19 July 2007. p. 10411.
  4. ^ "Ministry of Defence and Tri-Service Senior Appointments" (PDF). Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  5. ^ "Royal Navy Directory 2017" (PDF). Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Visit of UK Royal Marines Major-General Matt Holmes to the NATO Stability Policing Centre of Excellence". 11 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Supersession of the Commandant General Royal Marines (CGRM)". Plymouth. 14 June 2019. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  8. ^ "No. 62666". The London Gazette (Supplement). 8 June 2019. p. B5.
Military offices
Preceded by
Charles Stickland
Commandant General Royal Marines