Decorated war veteran, Marine Samuel Giles William Alexander MC, serving with the British 42 Commando Royal Marines, was killed in action in Afghanistan on 27th May 2011.
Marine Alexander was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry during a previous tour in Afghanistan in 2009. He charged a group of insurgents to draw their fire away from his injured colleague. Having used all the ammunition in his machine gun, he continued assaulting the enemy with just a 9mm pistol until that was empty. The enemy retreated.
Marine Alexander MC was killed by a bomb blast while on patrol in Loy Mandeh, an area of Nad-e-Ali, Helmand province.