The burial of another hero…..

The coffin of Dennis Hutchings was carried by serving British Army soldiers at his funeral today as bikers paid tribute to the Northern Ireland veteran after his death aged 80 by driving down the M5 motorway in convoy.

Mr Hutchings died alone in hospital in Belfast on October 18 after contracting Covid-19 while on trial in the city over a fatal shooting in County Tyrone in 1974 amid concerns that the case was allowed to proceed. Mr Hutchings had himself spoken out about stopping ‘witch-hunt trials against guys who were just doing a b****y job’.

The funeral for the former member of the Life Guards Regiment from Cornwall took place this afternoon at St Andrew’s Church in Plymouth, Devon, from 1pm – with a large crowd of ex-servicemen gathered outside. Many relatives were also present, with Mr Hutchings leaving behind 22 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

His coffin was carried by serving British Army soldiers following a U-turn by Ministry of Defence officials, and the service was broadcast on screens outside the church on what was Remembrance Day, as well as live on YouTube.

Mr Hutchings’s partner Kim Devonshire and his son John Hutchings led the mourners along with his friend and local Conservative MP Johnny Mercer, himself an Army veteran, who accompanied Mr Hutchings to Belfast. 

Bikers organised by Rolling Thunder UK joined the cortege on its journey to Plymouth, which was the final leg of a 110-mile route which began at the Gordano services at junction 19 of the M5 near Bristol at 8.45am today. 

The group travelled south down the motorway through junctions for Weston Super Mare, Burnham on Sea and Bridgwater and then Taunton Deane services – before arriving at junction 27 for Sampford Peveril at 9.40am. 

They then moved onto the A380 and A38 which took them towards Plymouth on an eastern approach. After meeting at Marsh Mills in the east of the city at 12pm, they then drove towards the church with the cortege. 

Members of the military act as the bearer party at the funeral of Dennis Hutchings at St Andrew's Church in Plymouth today
Family members arrive for the funeral of Dennis Hutchings today who died last month after contracting Covid-19
Johnny Mercer MP embraces Dennis Hutching's partner Kim Devonshire outside St Andrew's Church in Plymouth today
Johnny Mercer MP embraces Dennis Hutching’s partner Kim Devonshire outside St Andrew’s Church in Plymouth today
Bikers from Rolling Thunder UK join the cortege towards St Andrew's Church in Plymouth this afternoon

My thoughts….the Veterans and Service Community did Dennis proud today. They took back one of their own and told politicians and senior officers that they will make sure this hero got the send off he deserves. After all, it was this Government who put him back on active service to fight the lies and smears that have come from the troubles. We all know it was nothing more than a witch hunt, even the Prosecution had to admit that they didn’t know whose bullet it was and to save face and to keep the terrorists and their supporters happy, they were willing to send an innocent man to jail. A man who had served his country with honour.

Mr Hutchings is now at rest and he died an innocent man in the eyes of the law and indeed in the eyes of many people in this country, and that is a legacy that we must fight for. Politicians are the ones who make war and the military are there to sort it out and how many senior officers are on trial for this?? None and even more of a mis-carriage of justice is that no politician ever stands trial for the mess and murders they cause….

Dennis Hutchings waves as he arrives at Laganside Court in Belfast on October 4 this year. He died on October 18

The Prime Minister, The Defence Minister, the goons in the historical police department and all the others who are responsible for sending a dying man to stand trial on a kangaroo charge should be ashamed of themselves. Mr Hutchings was worth more than them and it make my blood boil to see such a brave, loyal individual hounded to his death by a group of people who are more interested in lining their pockets than ever doing anything brave and loyal for this country.

Rest in Peace Dennis and go join your friends in Valhalla as this fight you took on was for so many of those who were sent to keep in peace because of the folly of politicians who would be too scared to do it themselves. God bless your family and on this Remembrance Day we have buried another heroic soldier who was sacrificed on the mantle of stupidity and politicians failing.

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