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

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Page, Raymond George

North London
Ocean Accident and Guarantee Corporation Ltd

Date of Death 21 February 1943, aged 25
Rank Lieutenant
Regiment Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 6th Battalion
Medal or honour Military Cross
Additional information
R G Page

Died from wounds in Tunisia.

Palmer, Geoffrey Ernest

Head Office, Norwich
Norwich Union Fire Insurance Society Ltd

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

Volunteered for the RAF in September 1940.

According to the Post Magazine: "Palmer has flown on a large number of sorties over France, Holland, Sicily, Italy and North Africa, attacking enemy installations, airfields and transport. In March and April he shared in the destruction of two enemy aircraft. Invariably displaying outstanding navigational ability,"

The citation adds that his "coolness and courage have contributed largely to the successes achieved by the squadron."

The staff magazine recorded: "The board received with much pleasure the intimation that Flying Officer G E Palmer had been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, and directed that their congratulations be conveyed to Flying Officer Palmer on the honour which has been conferred upon him."

Palmer, R W

Toronto, Canada
Commercial Union Assurance Company Ltd

Rank Royal Canadian Air Force
Medal or honour Distinguished Flying Cross
Additional information

Also of Penang branch and Singapore branch.

Payne, N J

Aldwych, London
General Accident Fire & Life Assurance Corporation Ltd

Rank Lieutenant
Regiment Royal Armoured Corps
Medal or honour Military Cross
Additional information
N J Payne

Entered company service 1939 and after a period in Aldwych accident department went to Kensington sub office as chief clerk.

Enlisted in November 1941.

Decorated c April 1943 for gallantry with the 8th Army.

"When pressed for details, all that we could elicit from him was the cryptic remark that he must have got it for playing snakes and ladders with his CO!!"

Aged 21, he had been wounded three times.

Pedley, Alan Sydney

Leeds
London & Scottish Assurance Corporation Ltd

Rank Flight Lieutenant
Regiment RAFVR, 230 Squadron
Medal or honour Distinguished Flying Cross
Additional information

Enlisted by Christmas 1939.

Was attached to a force detailed to fly essential freight to the Chin Flotilla.

Gazetted 26 January 1946. Citation reads: "This officer has completed many operational missions, both in the UK and overseas. By his courage and efficiency he has always set a fine example to all serving under him."

Peene, A Bruce

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Norwich Union Fire Insurance Society Ltd

Rank Major
Regiment Royal Canadian Artillery
Medal or honour Croix de Guerre
Additional information

Was Inspector at Hamilton branch. Took part in the D day landings and was also mentioned in dispatches.

Percival, Frederick David

Victoria, Australia
General Accident Fire & Life Assurance Corporation Ltd

Rank Captain
Regiment Australian Army, HQ 3rd Australian Division
Medal or honour South West Pacific Service Ribbon (USA)
Additional information

Enlisted 29 July 1942. Was the first Australian to receive this USA award.

Petterson, W

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

Date of Death 20 September 1943
Rank 2nd Lieutenant
Regiment US Air Force
Medal or honour Air Medal, Purple Heart
Additional information

Killed in action.

Peyer, Richard A (known as Dick)

Head Office, London
The Northern Assurance Company Ltd

Rank Sergeant
Regiment Maritime Royal Artillery
Medal or honour British Empire Medal
Additional information

Entered company service in 1938 as a member of the Foreign Fire Department. According to the staff magazine of Winter 1943 "For his great courage and endurance Sergeant Peyer has been awarded the British Empire Medal after a long period of isolation and hardship spent with a few companions in a desolate Arctic region." He was one of a party marooned on an island in the artic for many weeks after his ship had been torpedoed off Spitzbergen while on a convoy to Russia in 1942. Returned to company service and retired in 1979 as assistant superintendant in charge of the Accident Section of the Home Foreign Department of Commercial Union. Link to article Arctic Survivor.

Pitcher, Alan Roy

Head Office, Norwich
Norwich Union Fire Insurance Society Ltd

Rank Flying Officer
Regiment RAFVR
Medal or honour Air Force Cross
Additional information

Entered company service in 1940 as a member of the motor policy department.

Joined RAF in 1941 and flew Gladiators, Hurricanes, Spitfires and Tiger Moths.

Decorated in New Year's Honours List 1946 for "distinguished services of a non-operational character in the air".

According to the staff magazine this was "in recognition of the many arduous and hazardous 'Met' flights which Pitcher carried out over a long period."

According to his retirement notice he carried out many photo reconnaissance and meteorological flights.

After the war he returned to company service working in Yeovil, Taunton and Chippenham before being appointed local manager for Bath, a position he held on his retirement in 1981.