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

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Wagstaff, G H

City, London
Union Assurance Company Ltd

Rank Major
Regiment Royal Artillery
Medal or honour Military Cross

Wallace, R H

Shanghai, China
South British Insurance Company Ltd

Rank Civilian
Medal or honour Civilian Internee

Wallace, W W

Edinburgh
North British & Mercantile Insurance Company Ltd

Medal or honour Distinguished Service Cross

Ward, Michael

York
Road Transport & General Insurance Company Ltd

Date of Death 25 July 1944, aged 22
Rank Flight Lieutenant (Navigator)
Regiment RAFVR
Medal or honour Distinguished Flying Cross
Additional information

Killed in a raid on Stuttgart.

Wheble, Lionel James David


Provident Mutual Life Assurance Association

Rank Squadron Leader
Regiment RAF
Medal or honour Distinguished Flying Cross
Additional information

Was in command of a Pathfinder Force aircraft which was shot down during a raid on Kiel in 1944 and was a prisoner in Stalag Luft I.

White, J

United States
North British & Mercantile Insurance Company Ltd

Medal or honour Air Medal

Whiteley, John Lovell

Nottingham
Norwich Union Fire Insurance Society Ltd

Rank Flight Lieutenant
Regiment RAF, 619 Squadron
Medal or honour Distinguished Flying Cross
Additional information
J L Whiteley

Flew Wellingtons and later Lancasters.

On one operation near Leipzig, both turrets of his aircraft became unserviceable soon after entering enemy territory, but after evading an enemy fighter he reached and bombed his objective.

Had flown 30 operations when decorated in December 1945.

Citation ends: "His keenness and gallantry in face of the enemy have set a stirring example to all members of his squadron."

Returned to company service in June 1946. Worked for the company in Lincoln and Dublin before his retirement in 1978 as manager at Birmingham branch.

Read John's memories of joining the RAF and training pilots to fly bombers during the war.

Wilson, Paul Dean

Adelaide, Australia
Commercial Union Assurance Company Ltd

Rank Flying Officer
Regiment Royal Australian Air Force, 96 Squadron RAF Leconfield
Medal or honour Distinguished Flying Cross
Additional information

Enlisted 20 June 1942.Citation states that he has "completed numerous operations against the enemy, and has invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."Discharged 6 December 1945.

Wilson, W C

Sheffield
General Accident Fire & Life Assurance Corporation Ltd

Rank Flying Officer
Regiment RAF
Medal or honour Certificate of Gallantry and Good Conduct
Additional information

Decorated c September 1945.

Wood, E C J

Head Office, London
Ocean Accident and Guarantee Corporation Ltd

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

Member of the engineering department.

Discharged from service due to illness.