It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence have confirmed that Lieutenant Oliver Richard Augustin & Marine Samuel Giles William Alexander MC, both from Juliet Company 42 Commando Royal Marines, were killed in Afghanistan on Friday 27 May 2011.
In 2009, Marine Alexander was awarded the Military Cross by the Queen for his bravery in charging down a group of insurgents to draw fire away from an injured colleague.
Lieutenant Augustin & Marine Alexander were killed by an Improvised Explosive Device whilst on patrol in the Loy Mandeh area of the Nad-e Ali district in Helmand province. The patrol, which was led by Lieutenant Augustin, was tasked to disrupt insurgent activity in their perceived rear area & provide depth to the Clear, Hold, Build Operation occurring to the North in Loy Mandeh Kalay further to expand the influence of the Government of Afghanistan.
My heart & thoughts go out to the family & friends of these incredibly brave & honourable Royal Marines. RIP.
Per Mare, Per Terram
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