The Post War O.B.E. awarded to Mr A.V.Cleaver, who was Chief Engineer and Manager of the Rocket Department at Rolls Royce,
The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, O.B.E., 2nd type, Civil Division. Extremely fine. (Lot)
O.B.E. London Gazette 1.1.1965.
The lot comes with a quantity of of items and original documentation, including; Warrant for the O.B.E., Statutes for the O.B.E., Silver Cigarette box as the Wenham Prize presented by the Royal Aeronautical Society given to him in December 1969. Aeronautique Club de France medal engraved to him on the obverse, the reverse engraved (Hommage des Astronautes Francais 1951). The Hermann-Oberth-Medaille in silver awarded at Stuttgart on the 27th June 1953, with certificate. A copy of the paper entitled "The Future of ELDO- an Industrial Point of View". A pamphlet entitled Rocketry at Rolls Royce, a further paper for Rolls Royce entitled "A Space programme for Europe", photographs etc.
Mr A.V.Cleaver was born in February 1917 at Conway, he was educated at Acton Technical College and City University. From 1936-1946 he was with the Propeller Division of the de Havilland Aircraft Co. Ltd, and from 1946-56 was Chief Engineer of de Havilland Engine Company's Rocket Division, where he was responsible for all the de Havilland rocket engines such as Sprite, Super-Sprite, Spectre, Double-Spectre. In 1957 he became Chief Engineer and General Manager, Rolls-Royce Rocket Department, and following the merger with Bristol Siddeley, Divisional Director and general Manager of Rolls-Royce Rocket Department, Ansty. He was responsible for the R.Z.2 engine in Blue Streak and for the Gamma engines in Black Arrow. He became a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical society in 1952. Eventually all rocket work ceased and he remained on other projects with Rolls Royce. He died in 1977, aged 60.