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MacDougall, A J

United States
North British & Mercantile Insurance Company Ltd

Medal or honour Air Medal (with 1 cluster)

MacDwyer, Peter Henry Gay

Head Office, Norwich
Norwich Union Fire Insurance Society Ltd

Rank Captain
Regiment 11th Sikh Regiment
Medal or honour MBE (Military Division)
Additional information

Member of overseas fire department.

Extracts from official citation read: "As Brigade Intelligence Officer to Headquarters he had served in the Western Desert, Palestine and Cyprus and during the whole operational period of the brigade in Italy.

"While serving in the central sector where the maintenance of his Brigade was over mountain tracks, he organised jeep and mual convoys under very trying conditions and when he himself was suffering from ill health. His work has always been of a very high order and he has always shown the utmost zeal and energy under the most trying conditions. It was due to his great energy and organising ability that the forward troops were successfully maintained and the success of his Brigade was made possible."

MacKay, A F

Auckland, New Zealand
South British Insurance Company Ltd

Regiment Army
Medal or honour Military Cross

MacKay, William J

New York, United States
The Northern Assurance Company Ltd

Date of Death 21-Mar-45
Rank 2nd Lieutenant
Regiment United States Army, 162nd Infantry, 41st infantry division
Medal or honour Purple Heart
Additional information

Entered company service July 1941. Enlisted June 1942 and died at Mindanao. Was killed by a sniper's bullet whilst leading his company in an assault on a ridge held by the Japanese north of Zamboango.

Mackenzie, Alastair G

Singapore
Commercial Union Assurance Company Ltd

Rank Lieutenant
Regiment Malay Regiment
Medal or honour Military Cross
Additional information

Entered company service at head office in 1933.

Posted to the Far East in 1938 and worked in Singapore, Ipoh and Penang until the Japanese invasion. Captured in Singapore in February 1942 and held in Changi until the end of the war.

Returned to the company's service working in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore becoming Far East manager in 1960.

In 1969 he returned to the UK as a general manager and was an executive director by his retirement in 1979.

Main, D A

Head Office, London
North British & Mercantile Insurance Company Ltd

Rank Sergeant
Regiment Rifle Brigade
Medal or honour Military Cross, Distinguished Conduct Medal
Additional information

Member of the home fire department.

Awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal c May 1943 for gallant service in Tunisia.

"Leading his section to the attack of a machine gun post which was holding up his company, Main succeeded in silencing the gun but was wounded in the thigh. He continued to advance and silenced four more machine guns, killing most of the crews, fighting with his company despite his wounds until ordered to withdraw."

Awarded Military Cross for service in Italy.

Mainstone, Stanley James

Brighton
General Accident Fire & Life Assurance Corporation Ltd

Rank Able Seaman
Regiment Royal Navy
Medal or honour Distinguished Service Medal
Additional information
S J Mainstone

Born October 1914.

Entered company service on 27 January 1931 as a junior. Moved to the accident department.

Joined Navy on 23 April 1940.

Mentioned in dispatches according to board minutes of 9 April 1941.

Decorated on 8 August 1941. Presented by the company with a silver tankard in commemoration.

Returned to company service on 1 December 1945 as a claims clerk.

Died in service on 22 May 1955.

Manning, N H

Head Office, London
Commercial Union Assurance Company Ltd

Rank Gunner later Lance Bombardier
Regiment Heavy Anti Aircraft Royal Artillery
Medal or honour Military Cross
Additional information

Appointed on probation to the Ocean Accident & Guarantee motor department on 27 May 1929 aged 15.

Took part one of his CII exams and was appointed to permanent staff 1 June 1932. Became a member of the Allied Offices accident claims department.

Was a POW in Italy and "decided to make a break for it when that country collapsed".

Had taught himself Italian in captivity and lived for nine months behind German lines travelling some 250 miles across Italy and 500 miles in the mountains.

Massheder, Alfred

Leeds
Ocean Accident and Guarantee Corporation Ltd

Rank Flight Lieutenant
Regiment RAFVR, 101 Squadron
Medal or honour Distinguished Flying Cross
Additional information

Award gazetted 23 March 1945.

Mathew, E

Norwich
Railway Passengers Assurance Company

Medal or honour Military Cross