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Bexley memorial match for Royal Marine Lieutenant Oliver Augustin killed in Afghanistan
A TOURNAMENT in memory of a Royal Marine from Wilmington who died while on patrol in Afghanistan attracted around 600 people to a Bexley rugby club on Sunday. (September 1)
Lieutenant Oliver Richard Augustin was killed by an improvised explosive device in the Nad 'Ali district in Helmand province on May 27, 2011.
The 23-year-old former Dartford Grammar School pupil had been leading his patrol to disrupt insurgent activity when he died.
To celebrate his life, Oliver’s friends and family gathered on Sunday at the Dartfordians Rugby Club in Bourne Road, Bexley for the third annual memorial rugby sevens event.
Sixteen teams competed in four groups during the day which was accompanied by barbecues, a hog roast, a raffle and entertainment.
Dartfordians 1st team were victorious, seeing off Royal Marines team in the final.
Dartfordians' winning line-up
Oliver’s cousin Jim Williams said: “The Marines managed to bring two Teams of nine, The Lizards and The Salamanders, which consisted of 18 currently serving Royal Marines from 40, 42 and 45 Commando so an excellent turnout from them as many were back on a sleeper train to Arbroath later that night.
“Most importantly though we raised a decent amount of money for Ollie’s charities, The Royal British Legion and The New Life Orphanage in Kenya. We are yet to finalise a final amount but it looks to be a healthy amount.”
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