Soldier loses fight for life only weeks after award of MBE

Barry Grass with his MBE medal
Barry Grass with his MBE medal

A MILITARY police officer has died from lung cancer just weeks after being made an MBE for his dedication to the job.

Barry Grass, who was from St Leonards, died at The Rowans Hospice in Portsmouth on Sunday aged 49 with his wife Julie at his side.

Last month he visited Buckingham Palace to receive his MBE medal from the Queen surrounded by his family.

The father-of-four was diagnised with the disease in November but was admitted to the hospice earlier this month.

Barry, who was a warrant officer class two, was given a MBE for his services to tackling crime as part of the Military Police Service Hi-Tech crime team based at Fareham in Hampshire.

He worked on stamping out fraud, corruption and illegal activity online within the military.

In a distinguished career stretching more than 30 years, Barry served in Germany, Bosnia, Kosovo, Northern Ireland and Cyprus.

His brother Dave Grass, who lives in Hollington, said: “Baz squeezed so much into his life.

“Not only was he with his wife Julie for more than 29 years, this year being the 25th year married, he had four lovely children and eight grandchildren with another two due to be born in the next couple of months. He also gave 24 years exemplary service to the Royal Military Police and was rightly awarded the MBE for the work he did in the last eight years, setting up and running the High Tech Computer Crime Team.

“The whole family have been overwhelmed by the messages of support they have received, and on their behalf I would like to thank everyone who has sent them.”

Barry’s funeral service has been arranged for Tuesday April 10 at 2pm. It will be held at the army chapel, Southwick Park in Fareham.

The family has requested there are family flowers only. Any donations can be made in Barry’s name to The Rowans Hospice, C/O Solent Funeral Services, 82-84 High St, Lee-on-the-Solent, Hants, PO13 9DA. For any further information contact Dave Grass on 07790 910002.