Marine from Hammersmith Killed in Helmand

Sam Alexander leaves behind wife and 10 month old son

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A Royal Marine Commando from Hammersmith was killed in Helmand Province on Friday (27th May). Marine Sam Alexander, aged 28, died alongside Lieutenant Ollie Augustin after an improvised explosive device (IED) went off during a routine patrol.

Sam was given the Military Cross in 2009 for saving the life of an injured colleague on a previous tour of Afghanistan. He launched a single-handed attack on a Taliban compound which enabled his medics to treat the wounded soldier.

He leaves a wife, Claire, and ten-month-old son Leo.

Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Major Rolf Kurth, said, "It is my sad duty to inform you of the death of two Royal Marines from 42 Commando Royal Marines in the Loy Mandeh area of the Nad-e Ali District of Helmand Province. The two Royal Marines were on patrol, disrupting insurgent activity when they were killed by an explosion caused by an IED. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and friends in their time of grief."

May 29, 2011

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