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Archer, Bertram Stuart Trevelyan

Date of birth:
February 3rd, 1915 (Hamstead, London, United Kingdom)
Date of death:
May 2nd, 2015
Service number:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)


Colonel Archer has been Chairman of the Victoria Cross and George Cross Association since August 1994 and represented the VC & GC Association at the Queen Mother's Funeral in April 2003.

Also awarded the Emergency Decoration with two clasps.

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Second World War (1939-1945)
Acting 1st Lieutenant
Bomb Disposal Royal Engineers, Home Forces, British Army
Awarded on:
September 30th, 1941
"On the 15 July 1940, four 250 kilogram bombs were dropped on St Athan aerodrome, South Wales, two of them within 10 yards of some vitally important assembly sheds. Lieutenant Archer immediately went to the scene and the first bomb was excavated. As its fuse was expected to be booby trapped, it was loaded, with the fuse still in, on to a lorry. Lieutenant Archer himself drove the lorry to a site some two miles away and the bomb was detonated. The other bomb was dealt with in the same way.
On the 17 August 1940, at Moulton South Wales, a further 250 kilogram bomb was excavated down to the fuse pocket, which contained a number 50 fuse. As this fuse was required for War Office experiments an attempt was made to extract it. When this failed, Lieutenant Archer removed it by hand by means of a pick head; although well aware of that the fuse might be a booby trap.
On 27 August 1940 at Port Talbot docks this officer was instrumental in recovering the first number of fuses for experimental purposes."
George Cross
Corps of Royal Engineers
Awarded on:
June 10th, 1961

Birthday Honours
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation Medal 1953
Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal
Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal