CUTTING, Robert Steven

Rank: 
Gunner
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Artillery
Service: 
Army
Service number: 
24167846
Born: 
Saturday, June 5, 1954
Died : 
Sunday, September 3, 1972
Died on active service
Age: 
18
Gnr Robert Cutting 29 Commando

Gunner Robert Cutting, aged 18, from Blackley Manchester, was shot dead at 4am whilst on foot patrol at the junction of Lepper Street and Stratheden Street, in the New Lodge area of Belfast. This was a blue on blue incident.

A chronology of the Northern Ireland Conflict September- October 1972 entitled The Troubles issue 17 describes the tragic incident and states a Marine was also seriously injured after 2 patrols mistook each other for gunmen.

Over 40 years later in 2013 media reported that his family were still seeking a full explanation of the circumstances surrounding his death from the MOD. The BBC reported that the family had been granted a review into the case by the Police Service of Northern Ireland, and this had confirmed that the Army had not convened a board of inquiry to investigate Gunner Cutting's death at the time. 

His father was Colour Sergeant Vincent Cutting R.M. [view].

Additional Sources
AFM ROH
Manchester Evening News 13-1-2012
BBC News online + image 23-10-2013
The Troubles by Joe Baker published on the 7th August 2011. [view]
 

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