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  • Christina Drummond

Private Andrew Cutts, 13 Air Assault Support Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps

Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2006, Private Andrew Cutts of 13 Air Assault Support Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps, died in Afghanistan. He was part of a convoy that came under fire as they crossed an open area, having left a patrol base in Musa Qa'leh district centre. The British troops, along with those from the Afghan National Army, were flown into the area by Chinook helicopters supported by Apache attack helicopters and RAF Harriers. The 10-hour mission concentrated on the district where there had been constant attacks by the Taliban. Private Cutts had joined the army in 2003 along with his twin brother; he deployed to Afghanistan in 2006 as part of the Regiment’s Force Protection Troop. This was formed from specially selected and highly trained soldiers within the unit and charged with the responsibility of providing firepower and protection for logistic support convoys delivering combat supplies to British troops in Helmand Province. He was an immensely liked and popular member of the troop – considered a fit, highly skilled and diligent soldier with a quiet, unassuming manner, who was preparing himself for parachute selection on return to Colchester. Andrew, from Blidworth in Nottinghamshire, was 19 years old.

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