Wilfred Clement Von Berg

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W C von Berg
Bedford House entrance stone.jpg
Born 1894
Croydon
Died 1978
Nationality British
Buildings Perry's Stores, South Africa
Projects Commonwealth War Graves Commission sites

Captain Wilfrid Clement von Berg MC (21 October 1894-July 1978)[1] was a British architect.

Croydon-born Von Berg began to study architecture in 1912.[1] During World War I he served with the London Rifle Brigade.[2] At the end of the conflict he joined the Imperial (now Commonwealth) War Graves Commission as an assistant architect.[3] Working under principal architects Sir Reginald Blomfield, Sir Edwin Lutyens and Charles Holden he designed some 39 cemeteries, including the large Bedford House Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery outside of Ypres in Belgium.[4]

On leaving the Commission he began practising architecture in France, moving to the Transvaal in South Africa in 1931.[1] He set up a practice there, beginning with designing the Perry's department store in Benoni.[5] His practice was interrupted by World War II, where he served with the South African Engineers in the camouflage unit.[1] He returned to his practice at the end of the war, finally retiring in 1977.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Archives of the Department of Architecture, University of Pretoria quoted in VON BERG, Wilfred Clement, The South African Built Environment, accessed 31 August 2009
  2. ^ Supplement to The London Gazette p30, 1 January 1919, accessed 31 August 2009
  3. ^ Hard and Soft Landscaping in War Cemeteries p8, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, accessed 31 August 2009
  4. ^ Cemetery record for Bedford House, accessed 31 August 2009
  5. ^ Perry's Stores, Benoni, Gauteng The South African Built Environment, accessed 31 August 2009