A fallen Hammersmith soldier has been honoured by a comrade who has named his new baby after him.
Marine Sam Alexander, from Skelwith Road, was killed aged 28 in Afghanistan this year when he was caught by a bomb blast in the Helmand Province.
His close friend, Marine Steve Harding of the 42 Commando, was left devastated by his death and the 25-year-old decided to pay tribute to him by naming his new son Eythan Alexander Harding.
Marine Harding, from Plymouth, Devon, told the Plymouth Herald: "He was a great bloke, who had time for everyone. He recently had a little one too and I was told he was a great dad. Sam was quite a good friend of mine and I wanted to do something for him, so we could always remember him."
Marine Alexander, who is survived by wife Claire and one-year-old son Leo, was awarded the Military Cross by the Queen in 2009 for his bravery in charging down a group of insurgents to draw fire away from an injured colleague.
Having used all the ammunition in his machine gun, he continued his assault with his 9mm pistol until that too was empty – forcing the enemy to retreat.
The citation for his award said he carried out his brave actions "despite being completely exposed to heavy and accurate enemy fire".
Mrs Alexander said of her husband "Sam was so special. He was the gentlest of men but tough when he needed to be. He risked his safety for his friends but never batted an eyelid. It was his job and a job he did well.
"Sam was a loving husband and a wonderful father. He was our rock and my best friend."