Sad news, my nephew Sam Alexander was killed in Afghanistan yesterday. He’s one of the unnamed marines mentioned in the BBC’s Afghanistan blast kills Royal Marines report. He’d been awarded the MC for bravery back in 2009, as reported in The Independent, ‘Military Cross for Marine who charged at Taliban‘. They reported earlier that year how he’d rescued ambushed comrades after having been shot in the head, ‘Marine saves unit after bullet in head‘. There had been other accounts in the press about the incident, including one by his father Stuart Alexander, The Independent’s sailing correspondent, who described life with a son at war, ‘I wait by the phone around the clock for news of Sam‘. RIP brave lad and nephew. All our love to your family.