Sam and Claire Alexander are good family friends.
And Sam was a Royal Marine in 42 Commando. On 27 May this year, he and his commander, Lt Ollie Augustin, were both killed in an IED blast. They were on foot patrol in the Nad Ali district of Helmand province.
On his first tour of Afghanistan in 2009, Sam was awarded the Military Cross for saving a wounded mate. He leaves his wife, Claire, and a son yet to celebrate his first birthday.
When fallen soldiers return to England, many friends, family and well-wishers gather in Wootten Bassett to pay their respects…
…I was one of them.