Family pay tribute to young Marine found dead in Rochdale

Wesley Clutterbuck was found dead in Rochdale Photo: Greater Manchester Police

The family of a young Royal Marine who was found dead in Rochdale after a suspected assault have paid tribute to him.

Wesley Clutterbuck was found with serious injuries after police were called to Fleece Street in Rochdale just after 3.00am on Saturday, following reports of an assault.

Wesley, 19 from Whitworth, was taken to hospital but was pronounced dead on Sunday.

Wesley with his mother, father, two brothers and sister Credit: Greater Manchester Police

In a statement his family, said: “Wesley was our son. He was only 19 years old and the most likeable, happy go lucky person you could ever meet.

“He was generous to a fault, and loved his life and adventure.

“His dream from a young age was to become a Royal Marine Commando and in 2012 he realised this dream and we were so immensely proud of Wes and his achievements.

“He was an avid kick boxer and spent a lot of his time looking after his health and body.

“On Saturday morning our lives were shattered.

“Wes was our life and, in his death, he has given renewed life to so many other people by his organ donations. His wish was to donate as many of his organs as possible and, in the main, this wish has been granted. This demonstrated Wes's selfless and kind attitude towards others.

“To all his family and friends Wes was "the best" and, he will remain so. We, his family, and especially his brothers and sisters are completely devastated by Wes's death and request that we are all left to grieve in peace.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.