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Corbett, George Uvedale Spencer, 1913-2004



(George Uvedale) Spencer Corbett was born 11 July 1913, son of George Holmes Uvedale Corbett, a surgeon and physician, and his wife Maud Spencer (1878-1954) of Erie, Pennsylvania. Spencer Corbett was commissioned into the Royal Engineers in June 1939 and served in the Special Operations Executive during the Second World War. He matriculated as a research student at King's College, Cambridge in 1950 and was awarded a Ph.D. for his thesis ‘Christian Architecture in the first four Centuries of the Roman Empire’ on 16 March 1953. His academic home was the British School at Rome, and he served on the Royal Commission of Historical Monuments. His particular speciality was the study of early Christian architecture. He received an OBE for his services to the Royal Commission of Historical Monuments in 1976. Spencer Corbett died on 3 January 2004.

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Letters to Gwen Raverat, 1940-1944

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.10286/4/2
Scope and Contents

Ten letters sent to Gwen Raverat between 27 July 1940 and 31 September 1944 from three correspondents. All but three of the letters were sent from France by J. Veyrin Forrer and Jean Royère. The remaining three were sent from G. U. Spencer Corbett whilst on active service.

Dates: 1940-1944
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