Cutler, Arthur Roden (Lieutenant, b.1916 - d.2002)

Accession Number AWM2019.283.1
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement Extent: .5 cm; Wallet/s: 1
Object type Letter
Maker Cutler, Arthur Roden
Place made British Mandate of Palestine: Palestine, French Mandate for Syria and Lebanon: Lebanon
Date made 1941
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Source credit to This item has been digitised with funding provided by Commonwealth Government.
Description

Collection relating to the Second World War service of Lieutenant Arthur Roden Cutler VC, 2/5 Field Regiment, Lebanon, Palestine, 1941.

Wallet 1 of 1 - Collection consists of two letters related to Cutler's service and wounding during the Syria-Lebanon campaign of 1941. The first letter, from Cutler's commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel John O'Brien, bids Cutler a rapid recovery, praises the performance of Cutler and two other officers during the Syria-Lebanon campaign, and informs Cutler that he has been recommended for the Victoria Cross for his actions during the Battle of Merdjayoun. The second letter was written by Cutler and addressed to [later NX92971 Gunner] Athol Spencer. Cutler recounts the death of [NX12316 Captain] Colin Morris and [NX54931 Gunner] Peter Brathwaite during a mortar attack, and describes the circumstances in which he was wounded, leading to the amputation of his leg.