Former Dartford pupil killed in roadside bomb attack
PUBLISHED: 16:26 02 June 2011
»Tributes have been paid to a former Dartford Grammar School pupil killed by a roadside bomb while on patrol with the Royal Marines in Afghanistan.
Lieutenant Ollie Augustin, Juliet Company, 42 Commando Royal Marines, was killed on Friday by an improvised explosive while leading his patrol in the Nad ‘Ali district of Helmand province.
The 23-year-old, from Eynsford, spent seven years at Dartford Grammar before volunteering in Africa on his gap year and working as a fitter and plasterer while waiting for his application to the Royal Marines to be procesesd.
Parents Jane and Sean described him as “thoughtful and compassionate”.
They said: “Ollie was a much-loved and cherished son. He was a beautiful boy who we were very proud of. He had many friends that he loved and who loved him.”
His sister Sarah added: “Oli, you were brave, funny and I couldn’t have wished for a better brother.”
Beginning officer training in September 2009, he was passed fit for duty in December last year and given his command with 42 Commando Royal Marines.
Tasked to disrupt insurgent activity and support the Clear, Hold, Build Operation occurring to the north in Loy Mandeh Kalay, Lt Angustin was killed alongside 28-year-old Samuel Giles William Alexander MC.
Their deaths take the number of UK soldiers killed in Afghanistan to 368.
Headteacher at Dartford Grammar, John Oakes, paid tribute to his former pupil.
“He never gave less than 100 per cent to his work, his responsibilities and his commitment to others. He was an outstanding sportsman.”
His body is expected to be repatriated at Wootton Bassett today.
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