Hero soldier’s uncle devastated by death of his close comrade

THE uncle of soldier Lee Bonsall’s Army comrade Pte Andrew Cutts has spoken of his ‘devastation’ over the tragic events surrounding the Warsop man’s death.

Lee’s family revealed last week that he never got over the death of his friend during an operation against Taliban forces when the pair served together in Afghanistan.

Pte Cutts’ uncle, Andrew Cutts (46), said: “Lee has obviously bottled up so much for the last six years. I said to his dad if we had known he could have come and talked to us.

“It has brought it all back to us. He was out for six years and nobody has gone to see him - he was only a boy. We have talked to a lot of soldiers who served with Andrew and they all say the Government do not do anything.”

Lee’s funeral was held on Friday at Warsop Parish Church.

His family said in a statement: “We would just like to say thank you to everyone who came to the funeral for Lee and to friends and family for their support through this tragic time.

“Everyone, especially those who knew Lee, agree that more needs to be done by the Ministry of Defence and the NHS to ensure soldiers and ex-soldiers who have been to war do not end up in the same situation that Lee did.”

After the news broke of Lee’s death last week readers commented on the Chad website.

David Stewart-Walvin, who worked alongside Lee at Sainsbury’s in Tenby, said: “When I discovered what had happened I was deeply shocked and saddened. I still am, as are other co-workers of his. Sympathies to his wife, family and friends. RIP my Spireite friend - short friendship but sadly missed.”

Karen Woolley said: “As for the support from the British Army what a load of tosh. I tried to get help for my son through the Army welfare office because I had stopped him from taking his own life on several occasions while he was home on leave - they did not give a damn.”

‘Quinonostante’ said: “I am shocked by the MoD response and their claims that they ‘deliver high quality treatment at the dedicated Departments of Community Mental Health clinics both in the UK and overseas’. Surely if this was true Pte Bonsall would have received treatment and not punishment following his paracetamol overdose.”

To see the full comments visit www.chad.co.uk.