- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Acting 1st Lieutenant
- Corps of Royal Engineers, Bomb Disposal
- 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."
Date of Gazette 30th September 1941.
Later promoted to the rank of 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.