Stuart Archer

Oldest living recipient of the George Cross

Colonel Bertram Stuart Trevelyan Archer GC OBE ERD (3 February 1915 – 2 May 2015), known as Stuart Archer,[1] was a recipient of the George Cross, the highest British and Commonwealth award for gallantry not in the face of the enemy.

Stuart Archer
Birth nameBertram Stuart Trevelyan Archer
Born(1915-02-03)3 February 1915
Hampstead, London, England
Died2 May 2015(2015-05-02) (aged 100)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service1940-61
UnitHonourable Artillery Company, Royal Engineers
Battles/warsWorld War II bomb disposal
AwardsGeorge Cross UK ribbon.png George Cross
Order of the British Empire (Military) Ribbon.png OBE
Other workArchitect

Archer was born in London.

On 3 February 2015 Archer became the first recipient of the Victoria Cross or the George Cross to reach 100 years of age.[2]

Archer died on 2 May 2015 at the age of 100.[3]


  1. Ashcroft, Michael (2011). George Cross Heroes. Headline Publishing Group. ISBN 0755360842.
  2. Ashcroft, Michael (30 January 2015). "Stuart Archer: The 100-year-old hero and longest holder of the George Cross medal". Daily Express. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  3. "Colonel Stuart Archer, GC - obituary". The Daily Telegraph. 3 May 2015. Retrieved 5 May 2015.