ARCHER, Bertram Stuart Trevelyan GC

Male 1915 - 2015  (100 years)

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  • Name ARCHER, Bertram Stuart Trevelyan 
    Suffix GC 
    Born 3 Feb 1915  Hampstead, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 2 May 2015  London England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I5519  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 12 Sep 2017 

    Family HATT, Kathleen Matilda,   b. 1912, Edmonton Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1996  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 3 Sep 1939 
     1. ARCHER, Melanie P
     2. ARCHER, (Private)
     3. ARCHER, (Private)
    Last Modified 17 Oct 2017 
    Family ID F3776  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 

      Archer was born in Hampstead and educated at Sheringham House School in St John's Wood. At 13 he went to Regent Street Polytechnic, and at 14 he was articled to the architectural practice of William G Ingram. His talent at drawing spurred his progress, and he qualified at 21. By 1938 he was a partner in the firm.
      At the outbreak of war, already in the Territorial Army, he married Kathleen Hatt, always known as Kit, from Edmonton, north London. They had met on holiday on Jersey in 1937. The wedding was on 3 September 1939, at a church in St John's Wood, and they were delayed on the way to it by London's first air-raid warning. They would have a son and two daughters.
      Archer was posted to the Royal Engineers' 553 Field Company at Hemel Hempstead, from where he answered a call for bomb-disposal volunteers. After a four-day course, he recalled, it seemed "we knew sweet damn-all" about the subject. He was posted to Wales as Commanding Officer, No 104 Bomb Disposal Company, where Kit and their baby joined him.
      After the war, which he ended as CO, No 12 Bomb Disposal Company, he resumed architectural practice and worked for several breweries, designing a number of pubs including The Cricketers at Mitcham, and The Castle, Battersea.
      He also kept his Army connections, being awarded the Territorial Decoration in 1947. He rejoined the Emergency Reserve in 1950, gaining the Emergency Reserve Decoration and two Bars.
      He was made Honorary Colonel, BD Regiments in 1961, and in 1970 a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects. From 1994 until 2006 he was chairman of the Victoria Cross and George Cross Association. He was believed to be the only George Cross holder to pass his centenary.

      Colonel Bertram Stuart Trevelyan Archer, bomb disposal officer and architect: born London 3 February 1915; GC 1941, OBE 1961, ERD and 2 Bars, FRIBA 1970; married 1939 Kathleen Matilda Hatt (died 1996; two daughters, one son); died London 2 May 2015.

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