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

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Taylor, A E

Aldwych, London
General Accident Fire & Life Assurance Corporation Ltd

Rank Sergeant Observer
Regiment RAF
Medal or honour Distinguished Flying Medal
Additional information

Decorated for the part he played in the blowing up of the Maestricht Bridge in May 1940.

Taylor, Harold

Bristol
General Accident Fire & Life Assurance Corporation Ltd

Rank Wireless Operator
Regiment Royal Army Service Corps
Medal or honour British Empire Medal
Additional information

Decorated, c October 1943, for gallant and distinguished service in North Africa.

Templar, S G

Head Office, London
British General Insurance Company Ltd

Rank Flying Officer
Regiment RAF
Medal or honour Distinguished Flying Cross
Additional information

Member of the fire department.

Decorated for "completion of many successful operations against the enemy, displaying high skill, fortitude, and devotion to duty."

Templeton, G M

Montreal, Canada
North British & Mercantile Insurance Company Ltd

Rank Flying Officer
Medal or honour Distinguished Flying Cross
Additional information

Jul-45

Thain, G T

Newcastle
Road Transport & General Insurance Company Ltd

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

Formerly chief clerk, decorated "For conspicuous conduct in his exploits over enemy territory."  Probably George Trevor Thain decorated September 1941 but company records only give initials.        

Thomas, Cedric George

Brisbane, Australia
Insurance Office of Australia Ltd

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

Enlisted on 14 August 1942.

Official citation reads: "As Pilot and Captain of aircraft Flying Officer Thomas has taken part in numerous attacks against a variety of targets in Italy, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia and Albania. This has involved many long distance flights over difficult mountainous terrain and heavily defended areas, often during adverse winter weather.

"On one occasion following an attack against targets in Austria, Flying Officer Thomas was forced to climb through 12,000ft of cloud to fly over mountains. The ice and weather were so severe that he lost control of his aircraft three times but by fine airmanship he was able to regain control and bring the aircraft safely back to base. Throughout his operational career this officer's resolute courage and devotion to duty have been worthy of the highest praise."

Did not return to company service but remained with RAAF after the war.

Thomas, H G

United States
North British & Mercantile Insurance Company Ltd

Medal or honour Bronze Star

Thompson, Francis K

United States
North British & Mercantile Insurance Company Ltd

Rank Radioman 2nd Class
Regiment US Army
Medal or honour Purple Heart

Thompson, John Chute (known as Chute)

Head Office, Norwich
Norwich Union Life Insurance Society

Date of Death 12 February 1942, aged 27
Rank Sub Lieutenant
Regiment Fleet Air Arm Royal Navy, 825 Squadron HMS Daedelus
Medal or honour Mentioned in dispatches
Additional information

Member of the Agency, Powers and Foreign Departments. Escaped when Ark Royal was torpedoed. Was leading pilot in the second flight of three swordfish of a small Swordfish Squadron (6 aircraft) sent on a suicide mission to prevent the German battle cruisers Scharnhorst and Gneinsenau, together with escorting ships, dashing through the channel from Brest. All the old fashioned swordfish planes were shot down by German fighters and of the 18 men in the crews only 5 returned. "the last that was seen of this gallant band, who were astern of the leading flight, is that they were flying steadily towards the battle cruisers led by Lt Thompson. Their aircraft shattered, undeterred by an inferno of fire they carried out their orders which were to attack the target. Not one came back. Their's was the courage which is beyond praise."

Tingey, John F

Holborn, London
Norwich Union Fire Insurance Society Ltd

Rank 2nd Lieutenant
Regiment Royal Artillery
Medal or honour George Medal
Additional information

Decorated for "work carried out in a very brave manner during a heavy blitz on a south coast town."