Woolmer Green war hero dies at 96

PUBLISHED: 11:55 13 February 2017 | UPDATED: 09:31 14 February 2017

Fred Archer pictured with his Legion d'Honneur award

Fred Archer pictured with his Legion d'Honneur award


A war veteran who was honoured by the French government for his contribution to liberation has died at his home in Woolmer Green.

Fred Archer as a young soldier.Fred Archer as a young soldier.

Fred Archer, who was presented with the Legion d’Honneur in December 2015, died on Thursday, February 9, at the age of 96.

Judith Watson of Woolmer Green told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “He was an amazing man. I had known him for quite a time.”

Long-time friend Keith Brearley said he had chatted to the Normandy veteran, who had become very frail, on the telephone only a few days before his death.

He said: “He was looking forward to being 97 in March. He could not get any exercise, which he hated, but his brain was still completely normal. He was still repairing watches right until the end.”

Fred Archer, who fought the Germans in northern France after the D-Day Landings and maintained military vehicles, died peacefully at home.

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