Funeral of Dartford soldier Lieutenant Ollie Augustin takes place
PUBLISHED: 17:02 16 June 2011
Hundreds attended the funeral of a former Dartford Grammar School pupil killed by a roadside bomb while on patrol with the Royal Marines in Afghanistan.
The service for Lieutenant Ollie Augustin, Juliet Company, 42 Commando Royal Marines, took place at St Martin of Tours Church, Eynsford, today.
He was killed Friday May 27 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 the 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 processed.
Parents Jane and Sean described him as “thoughtful and compassionate”.
He was killed alongside Marine Sam Alexander, 28, of Plymouth.
The two men, both of 42 Commando, were killed in the Loy Mandeh area of the Nad-e Ali District of Helmand Province as they searched a compound.
Known as ‘The Boss’, his father, mother and sister Sarah read tributes to him as hundreds listened outside the church as the service was broadcast on a loud speaker.
His father said: “Oliver was one of those golden people who followed through his beliefs.
“He was a natural leader and led from the front.”
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