LUCAS, Alexander James

Royal Marines
Royal Navy
Service number: 
Tuesday, January 10, 1984
Died : 
Monday, November 24, 2008
Killed in action or died of wounds
Mne Alexander Lucas 45 Commando
Marine Alexander Lucas died of wounds received in an IED explosion.  He was a specialist Royal Marine Assault Engineer and his role within Victor Company placed him at the vanguard of troop action. With his specialist skills he provided intimate engineer support to the front line of the fighting troops. As a consequence, he was often the first man into dangerous situations and vulnerable areas, clearing the way for his colleagues to follow. It was in such a situation that Marine Lucas was killed by an enemy Improvised Explosive Device. Despite all the efforts of those around him, Marine Lucas  tragically died from his injuries on board the medical helicopter en route to Camp Bastion hospital.
After completing Royal Marines Commando recruit training in October 2004, Marine Lucas joined 45 Commando Royal Marines. A keen footballer, he played for the Commando team on a regular basis. He served one year in the unit before joining the prestigious Royal Marines Commando Display Team, travelling the country to promote the Royal Marines. He successfully completed his Assault Engineer specialisation course where he proved himself to be extremely capable and a highly professional operator. After the course he returned to 45 Commando in Scotland to be closer to his family in Peebles. [Source: MOD].

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