|Plaque for Local Hero Sam is Unveiled by Mayor|
Bridge displays memorial to fallen Royal Marine
The Mayor of Hammersmith & Fulham, Cllr Frances Stainton has unveiled a plaque to commemorate the life of Royal Marine Sam Alexander who died in Afghanistan last year.
Born and bred in Hammersmith, Sam was was killed by a roadside bomb during his second tour of Afghanistan.
The mayor was joined at 11am on Tuesday March 27 by Sam’s mother Serena and family members, together with local dignitaries, friends and army colleagues.
Cllr Stainton said: " Sam Alexander has become a name to conjure with. He stands for all that is best in our young men.
" He stands for the courage that goes way beyond what is asked for and for that unique love and loyalty soldiers in combat under fire discover.
"We stand here today to honour him where he grew up, on the bridge that was special for him and which will now carry his name for ever. He shares this honour with another man who died to save a life a century ago.
"God Speed Sam Alexander and God bless your loving proud family. As Mayor of our borough I am delighted to have taken part in this gesture of recognition and remembrance."
Sam was particularly fond of the river and Hammersmith Bridge. He spent his early years cycling to school along the tow path and enjoyed spending time in Furnival Gardens.
" His indomitable spirit, love of adventure and courage were evident at a very young age; as was his loving nature. It is the wanting to make a better life for others that took him to Afghanistan, where he sincerely believed in the job that he was doing.
" I am incredibly proud of him, but still miss him terribly."
March 27, 2012