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Sampson, Ralph William Fraser

Head Office, London
Ocean Accident and Guarantee Corporation Ltd

Rank Squadron Leader, later Wing Commander
Regiment RAFVR
Medal or honour Distinguished Flying Cross and Bar
Additional information

Appointed on probation to the Ledger Department on 17 October 1932 aged 19, moved to Engineering Department on 02 January 1933. DFC gazetted 19 May 1944 and Bar to DFC gazetted 20 July 1945.

Sangster, Robert William

Adelaide, Australia
South British Insurance Company Ltd

Rank Captain
Regiment Australian Infantry Force, 23rd Battalion
Medal or honour MBE
Additional information

Enlisted 17 July 1940.

Schultz, M

New York, United States
The Northern Assurance Company Ltd

Rank Sergeant
Medal or honour Air Medal
Additional information

Decorated by Autumn 1945.

Scoggins, William Robert (known as Bill)

Head Office, Norwich
Norwich Union Fire Insurance Society Ltd

Rank Royal Observer Corps
Medal or honour British Empire Medal
Additional information

Entered company service in 1920 in the Foreign Department. Decorated in 1944 for his work in the Royal Observer Corps. Retired from the Overseas Fire Department in June 1957 and died in 1962.         

Scott, Andrew Norman

Glasgow
General Accident Fire & Life Assurance Corporation Ltd

Rank Flight Lieutenant
Regiment Highland Light Infantry
Medal or honour Military Cross
Additional information

Born December 1918. Entered company service 09 May 1938 as junior clerk in Claims Department. Joined Army 19 October 1939. Decorated 19 October 1944. Rejoined branch 01 March 1947 as inspector. Left company service 27 March 1948. 

Scott, Denis Charles

Head Office, London
Ocean Accident and Guarantee Corporation Ltd

Date of Death 04 September 1944, aged 24
Rank Lieutenant (Acting)
Regiment Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve, HMS Daedelus
Medal or honour Distinguished Service Cross
Additional information

Member of Motor Department. Left the department in November 1940 to start training as a Fleet Air Arm Pilot. In February 1942 he was appointed to the crack Fleet Arm Squadron, shore based on Malta and doing night torpedo work. He was based in Malta for 7 months during the worst bombing. Awarded the DSC for two strikes in one night, a 7,000 ton merchant ship and a 10,000 ton tanker. The citation reads "For great skill and resolution in two attacks upon an enemy convoy bound for Tripoli, when his torpedoes hit an enemy merchant ship and tanker." Reported missing.

Scott, E W C

Head Office, London
Road Transport & General Insurance Company Ltd

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

Member of Accident Department. Decorated, aged 30, for "exceptional courage and determination in the completion of his duties whilst serving in the Middle East".

Sheil-Small, D H V

Head Office, London
Scottish General Insurance Company Ltd

Rank Major
Regiment 8th Ghurkha Rifles
Medal or honour Military Cross
Additional information

Citation reads "At Ywathit , on the East bank of the Irrawaddy, on the morning of the 5th March 1945, Major Shiel-Small, a Company Commander, was reconnoitring a vital feature which was to be occupied by his company, when the enemy launched an attack in great strength. This officer's company had only just taken up its dispositions and were about to dig in. The feature consisted of barren, stony, knife edge ridges with no cover whatsoever. The enemy, who outnumbered the company by more than 3 - 1, put down an intense concentration of artillery, mortar, grenade discharger, medium and light machine gun and small arms fire, which swept the ridges and pinned this company to the ground. Behind this concentration the enemy made a frontal assault which was smashed up. The enemy then encircled the position and attempted to assault from the flanks and rear. In spite of the withering fire, and although no man had any cover whatsoever, everyone held his ground and the enemy was met by fierce and accurate fire from rifles, light automatics and grenades. Major Shiel-Small, by his utter disregard for his own safety, by the cool manner in which he conducted this magnificent stand, by his refusal to give one inch to the enemy, so inspired his men that they not only smashed up every assault, but counter-attacked down the barren slopes. The enemy was so shaken he retired in confusion leaving 39 dead and carrying away with him a great number of wounded. While he was retreating he was hounded with artillery and machine gun fire and many more casualties were inflicted on him."

Shepherd, Douglas Harold

Norwich District Office
Norwich Union Fire Insurance Society Ltd

Rank Captain
Regiment Royal Artillery, Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery
Medal or honour Military Cross
Additional information

Decorated by General Alexander for his service in Italy.

Sheppard, Walter James

Toronto, Canada
Commercial Union Assurance Company Ltd

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

DFC gazetted 14 November 1944 "This officer has completed as an Air Gunner numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which he has invariably displayed the ultimate fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."