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

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Ladds, Kenneth Edward

Head Office, London
London & Scottish Assurance Corporation Ltd

Rank Flight Sergeant
Regiment RAFVR, 58 Squadron
Medal or honour Distinguished Flying Medal
Additional information

Member of the Life Department. Was reported missing in the Bay of Biscay and was rescued, with five members of his crew, after 11 days at sea. Decorated in November 1943 as reported in the staff magazine "For valour during an action with a U-boat, which was destroyed, he has been awarded a DFM. He was one of the crew of a Halifax bomber which was brought down in the Bay of Biscay after combat with a U-boat, which they destroyed, he and his 5 comrades who survived endured great hardships with courage and fortitude for 11 days before being rescued." Official citation reads "This officer and airman were pilot and mid-upper gunner respectively of an aircraft engaged in a patrol in September, 1943. A surfaced U Boat was sighted and Flying Officer Hartley immediately dived to attack. In spite of fierce gun fire from the submarine, Flying Officer Hartley straddled the vessel with his depth charges and probably destroyed it. During the approach Flight Sergeant Ladds used his guns to good effect, pouring a hail of bullets into the U-boat's gun positions. The aircraft sustained severe damage during the action and, a little later, Flying Officer Hartley was compelled to bring it down on to the sea. This officer and airman together with other members of the crew boarded the dinghy in which they subsequently drifted for 11 days before being rescued. During this period they had little food or water and, at times the sea was very rough. Nevertheless, they bore their privations with great heart and fortitude, setting an example which proved an inspiration to their comrades."

Lane, John

Head Office, London
London & Scottish Assurance Corporation Ltd

Rank Flying Officer
Medal or honour Distinguished Flying Cross
Additional information

Decorated by January 1945 for "great skill, fortitude and devotion to duty in many operations, including the battles of Ruhr and Berlin." Possibly is Daniel John Lane decorated 12 December 1944.

Lawless, Frank Brewster

Wellington, New Zealand
South British Insurance Company Ltd

Rank Flight Lieutenant (Acting)
Regiment Royal New Zealand Air Force
Medal or honour Distinguished Flying Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross (American)
Additional information

List as one of New Zealand's air aces.

Lawson, Kenneth John

Law Courts, London
North British & Mercantile Insurance Company Ltd

Date of Death 02 January 1945, aged 31
Rank Wing Commander (Pilot)
Regiment RAFVR, 405 (RCAF) Squadron
Medal or honour Distinguished Service Order and Bar, Distinguished Flying Cross
Additional information

Was inspector at Law Courts branch pre war.

Was a Pilot Officer when awarded the DFC on 18 April 1941 having completed 35 operations.

Sent to Canada for an astro navigation course and achieved such high marks that he was retained for a short period as an inspector. Toured US air factories advising manufacturers on navigational instruments.

Returned to Great Britain for further operational duties and was awarded the DSO 9 July 1943. "This officer has taken part in a large number of attacks on well-defended and distant enemy targets, and has invariably completed his mission with high courage and devotion to duty".

Completed 67 operational flights, was promoted to Wing Commander and made Chief Navigation officer of Pathfinder Force. His plane was lost in an attack on Nuremburg in January 1945.

Legg, Donald Douglas


Norwich Union Fire Insurance Society Ltd

Rank Flight Lieutenant
Regiment RAFVR, 153 Squadron
Medal or honour Distinguished Flying Cross
Additional information

Decorated in July 1945 for "gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of Air Operations."

Le Voi, K

Head Office, London
Road Transport & General Insurance Company Ltd

Rank Lieutenant Colonel
Regiment Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve
Medal or honour Distinguished Flying Cross
Additional information

Member of Accident Department. Decorated for gallant and distinguished service.

Lewis, D O

Head Office, London
Ocean Accident and Guarantee Corporation Ltd

Rank Lance Sergeant
Medal or honour Military Medal
Additional information

Appointed on probation in the Motor Department in 1937.

Lyons, John Thomas

Head Office, London
Ocean Accident and Guarantee Corporation Ltd

Date of Death 01 February 1944, aged 31
Rank Pilot Officer (Navigator)
Regiment RAFVR, 600 Squadron
Medal or honour Distinguished Flying Medal, Air Medal (USA), Distinguished Flying Cross
Additional information

Appointed on probation on 1 January 1929. Appointed to permanent staff on 01 July 1931 aged 19 and worked in the Motor Department. DFM gazetted 16 November 1943, citation reads "As observer, Flight Sergeant Lyons has participated in many sorties at night and has assisted in the destruction of 9 enemy aircraft. This airman is a skilful and confident member of aircraft crew whose example has been highly commendable." Air Medal gazetted 07 December 1943. DFC Gazetted 03 March 1944 along with Flying Officer Alwyn Berriman Downing, official citation reads "As pilot and observer respectively these officers have completed very many sorties at night during which they have destroyed 12 enemy aircraft, 3 of which they shot down in one sortie over the beaches south of Rome one night in January, 1944. They have displayed great skill and keenness throughout and their achievements have won great praise." Died of wounds.