Stuart Archer

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Bertram Stuart Trevelyan Archer
Born (1915-02-03) 3 February 1915 (age 99)
Hampstead, London
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Rank Colonel
Unit Honourable Artillery Company, Royal Engineers
Battles/wars World War II bomb disposal
Awards

George Cross UK ribbon.png George Cross

Order of the British Empire (Military) Ribbon.png OBE
Other work Architect

Colonel Bertram Stuart Trevelyan Archer GC OBE ERD (born 3 February 1915), known as Stuart Archer,[1] is the oldest living recipient of the George Cross, the highest British (and Commonwealth) medal for gallantry not in the face of the enemy.

Award of George Cross[edit]

He was awarded the medal on 30 September 1941.[2] The award was for extensive work on defusing German bombs dropped on United Kingdom during World War II.[3] Before joining the Royal Engineers, who carried out bomb disposal work in the United Kingdom, he served with the Honourable Artillery Company. He had carried out bomb disposal work since June 1940, and had dealt with 200 bombs prior to the awarding of the George Cross, and provided the War Office with five different fuses as well as the Zus anti-handling devices.

Before joining the army he was a qualified architect with the Royal Institute of British Architects, at the youngest possible age of 21, in July 1936, starting work in Grays Inn with a firm he became a partner in and remained with for all of his working life. In 1963 he was appointed Honorary Colonel of the bomb disposal regiments of the Royal Engineers.[4] Archer has been the Chairman of the Victoria Cross and George Cross Association since 1994, and represented the Association at the funeral of the Queen Mother in 2002.[5]

Citation[edit]

The original announcement of the award read simply:[3]

The full citation is:[6]

Medal Entitlement[edit]

Archer is entitled to the following medals

UK George Cross ribbon.svg Order of the British Empire (Military) Ribbon.png
Defence Medal ribbon.png War Medal 39-45 BAR.svg General Service Medal 1918 BAR.svg UK Queen EII Coronation Medal ribbon.svg
Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal ribbon.png QEII Diamond Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Army Emergency Reserve Decoration.png





Ribbon Description Notes
UK George Cross ribbon.svg George Cross (GC) 1941
Order of the British Empire (Military) Ribbon.png Order of the British Empire (OBE) Officer - Military Division
Defence Medal ribbon.png Defence Medal
War Medal 39-45 BAR.svg War Medal
General Service Medal 1918 BAR.svg General Service Medal 1918 Awarded from 1918 - 1962
UK Queen EII Coronation Medal ribbon.svg Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal 1953
Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal 1977
Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal 2002
QEII Diamond Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal 2012
Army Emergency Reserve Decoration.png Emergency Reserve Decoration (ERD) 2 Clasps

See also[edit]

List of George Cross recipients

References[edit]

  1. ^ Michael Ashcroft, George Cross Heroes, 2010
  2. ^ "Bertram Archer, GC". George Cross database. Archived from the original on 2007-11-16. Retrieved 2007-12-03. 
  3. ^ a b The London Gazette: no. 35292. p. 5653. 30 September 1941. Retrieved 2007-11-21.
  4. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 43144. p. 8874. 25 October 1963. Retrieved 2007-12-06.
  5. ^ World War 2 Awards website: ARCHER, Bertram Stuart Trevelyan Retrieved 3 December 2007
  6. ^ "Oldest GC holder meets the newest". Defence News. MoD. 23 March 2006. Retrieved 2007-12-06. 

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