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Staff of Aviva constituent companies decorated for their actions during the 1939-1945 war.

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Dawson, Harold B

London & Scottish Assurance Corporation Ltd

Rank Lieutenant Colonel
Regiment Home Guard
Medal or honour OBE
Additional information

Branch manager. Decorated for exceptional Home Guard services. Also held the MC. Retired, as manager for Yorkshire, on 31 December 1951.

Dennis, Richard Francis Legendre

General Accident Fire & Life Assurance Corporation Ltd

Date of Death 11 July 1943, aged 38
Rank Troop Deck Officer
Regiment Merchant Navy, SS Duchess of York (London)
Medal or honour King's Commendation for Brave Conduct
Additional information

Commended in London Gazette of 25th January 1944 for courage and devotion to duty on the SS Duchess of York when the vessel was attacked by enemy aircraft. Had seen action in Norway, France, Singapore and North Africa.

Dickie, Eric John

The Northern Assurance Company Ltd

Rank Wing Commander
Regiment RAFVR
Medal or honour MBE
Additional information

Gazetted 01 January 1945.

Dilley, Ansel B

United States
North British & Mercantile Insurance Company Ltd

Rank Staff Sergeant
Regiment US Marine Corps
Medal or honour Purple Heart

Dow, George Cecil James

Union Assurance Company Ltd

Date of Death 12 February 1942, aged 28
Rank Able Seaman
Regiment Royal Navy, HMS Worcester
Medal or honour Distinguished Service Medal
Additional information

First of the Union to volunteer, in September 1939. Was awarded DSM on 11 February 1942. Informed of his award the day before he went into his last action. Killed in naval action in the Channel. Commonwealth War Graves Commission gives middle names as C. John.

Dowse, Arthur Patrick (known as Paddy)

Dublin, Ireland
Norwich Union Fire Insurance Society Ltd

Date of Death 17 April 1943, aged 28
Rank Flight Lieutenant
Regiment RAF, 144 Squadron
Medal or honour Distinguished Flying Cross
Additional information
Paddy Dowse

Born in Dublin in 1915 he entered company service in March 1934.

His father worked for North British & Mercantile. He was promoted to assistant in the fire underwriting department shortly before enlisting in the RAF on 15 September 1939.

He was reported missing from a flight over Genoa but made his way back home. Reported missing again from operations on night of 16/17 April.

According to the staff magazine: "a letter from his co-pilot, now a POW in Germany, says that he and the navigator were killed. The writer and all here cannot help feeling proud of having been associated with this young man though sorry to have lost an official for whom we had a great regards and who seemed to have a distiguished future with the society in front of him."

Distinguished Flying Cross awarded pre February 1942 when he was a pilot officer in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations.

The citation states: "This officer has displayed great courage and determination, always reducing height when finding it difficult to identify the target, and has invariably completed successfully the task allotted to him."

Drummond, Roderick Patrick

Scottish Union & National Insurance Company

Rank Flight Lieutenant
Regiment RAFVR, 220 Squadron
Medal or honour Distinguished Flying Cross
Additional information

Gazetted December 1943 "This officer was the captain of an aircraft which successfully attacked a U-boat. Defying a hail of shells from the submarine's guns, Flight Lieutenant Drummond pressed home his attack to straddle the vessel with his depth charges. The submarine disappeared leaving survivors in the water. In this exploit, Flight Lieutenant Drummond displayed outstanding skill, courage and determination."

Dunlop, Thomas James

Head Office, Edinburgh
Scottish Union & National Insurance Company

Rank Lieutenant
Regiment Royal Scots Fusiliers
Medal or honour Military Cross
Additional information

Gazetted 21 December 1944.