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Caldow, William Fleming

Glasgow
Commercial Union Assurance Company Ltd

Rank Flight Sergeant
Regiment RAFVR, 550 Squadron
Medal or honour Distinguished Flying Medal, Air Force Cross, Distinguished Service Order
Additional information

Decorated in June 1941, aged 21, for his part in the attack on the German battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenauin the English Channel in February 1941. "Captain of an air craft he was detailed to attack and succeeded in delivering attack before being interrupted by three enemy fighters. By skilful airmanship, the attackers were held off until the rear gunner was able to obtain an accurate sight. One enemy aircraft was shot down towards the sea." The Policy Holder dated 15th July 1942 contained the following "here one has a peep at a team of youngsters engaged in high endeavour. At the time Caldow had not yet attained his majority. Yet on his skill and resourcefulness depended not only whether the job he had been given to do was carried through but whether he and his companions would come through with their lives. The way these young men have risen to the occasion and are shouldering such great responsibilities is a source of pride to the whole nation." AFC gazetted 01 January 1944 and DSC gazetted 21 September 1945.

Carpentier, J

Paris, France
General Accident Fire & Life Assurance Corporation Ltd

Regiment French Army
Medal or honour Croix de Guerre

Chapman, R C

Philadelphia, United States
General Accident Fire & Life Assurance Corporation Ltd

Rank 1st Lieutenant
Regiment US Marine Air Corps
Medal or honour Distinguished Flying Cross x 2 plus 8 Air Medals

Chilcott, F J

Bristol
General Accident Fire & Life Assurance Corporation Ltd

Rank Sub Lieutenant
Regiment Royal Navy
Medal or honour Distinguished Service Cross
Additional information

Decorated c March 1945 "For gallantry and devotion to duty in the assault and capture of Walcheren Island."

Chong Yew, Cheong

Singapore
Commercial Union Assurance Company Ltd

Rank Civilian
Medal or honour British Empire Medal
Additional information

Awarded "for courage and devotion to duty as Group Warden during the air attacks on Singapoe in 1941 - 1942."

Clear, Gordon Sampson

Head Office, London
Commercial Union Assurance Company Ltd

Date of Death 20 March 1943, aged 31
Rank Flying Officer (Observer)
Regiment RAFVR, 139 Squadron
Medal or honour Distinguished Flying Cross
Additional information

Member of the Accident Department. Award gazetted 26 March 1943. Official citation reads "In March, 1943, these officers were members of aircraft crews detailed to attack the Molybdenum Plant at Knaben, Norway. Such a task, necessitating a flight over mountainous terrain covered by a blanket of snow which obscured all prominent features, demanded the highest degree of leadership and skill. At various points the formation had to fly through deep ravines and contend with most treacherous air currents. Despite this the correct target, hidden away in the mountains, was located and subjected to a telling attack from a low level. The success achieved reflects the greatest credit on the efforts of these officers whose high courage and faultless work were worthy of the highest praise." Killed on active service.

Collett, Frederick Joseph

Manchester
Commercial Union Assurance Company Ltd

Rank Captain
Regiment Lancashire Fusiliers
Medal or honour Military Cross
Additional information

MC gazetted 22 March 1945. Also twice mentioned in dispatches.

Collier, H Neil

London
Norwich Union Life Insurance Society

Rank Civilian
Medal or honour Distinguished War Service Certificate of the British Red Cross society
Additional information

Dr Collier was chief medical referee for the company. Decorated for helping rescue an injured man from the roof of a building which was badly damaged and in danger of collapse during a heavy air raid.

Compton, L A

Reading
General Accident Fire & Life Assurance Corporation Ltd

Rank Wireless Operator
Regiment RAF
Medal or honour Distinguished Flying Cross
Additional information

Decorated c March 1945.

Cornes, Eric Kenyon

Kilburn
North British & Mercantile Insurance Company Ltd

Rank Lieutenant
Regiment Royal Regiment of Artilery
Medal or honour Military Cross
Additional information

Gazetted 18 October 1945.