03/11/2021

Military Funeral Granted For NI Veteran Dennis Hutchings

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has agreed to allow pallbearers at the funeral service of NI veteran Dennis Hutchings on Remembrance Day.

The 80-year-old, from Cawsand in Cornwall died in Belfast after contracting Covid-19 while he was in the city to face trial over a fatal shooting incident in Co Tyrone in 1974.

There were originally no plans for regimental pallbearers at his funeral as the MoD does not provide them for retired service personnel unless there is a formal request.

However, veterans are entitled to a regimental trumpeter.

It is understood that Mr Hutchings' family lodged a formal request last Friday for members of his former regiment, the Life Guards, to attend.
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An Army spokesman said on Tuesday: "Mr Hutchings served for many years with great dignity, diligence and courage. His passing is a personal tragedy for his family, regimental family and his friends, and we extend our sincere condolences to all that knew and cared for him.

"The Army was formally approached to provide a bearer party for the funeral on Friday; this request was actioned in line with policy.

"As a mark of respect to Mr Hutchings his service and his family, the decision was made today by the Army to support the request. His former regiment will provide a bearer party and trumpeter at his funeral."

Mr Hutchings’ funeral will take place at St Andrew’s Church in Plymouth on Thursday 11 November.

His family will hold a private event in Cornwall.

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