POWs and civilian internees

Staff of Aviva constituent companies held in enemy hands during the 1939-1945 war

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Darby, William Newton

Leeds
Commercial Union Assurance Company Ltd

Rank Corporal
Regiment Royal Army Medical Corps, 198 Field Ambulance 18th Division
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Born August 1917.

Captured by Japanese in Singapore on 15 February 1942 . Held in various camps including Changi.

For digitised records relating to his time as POW see COFEPOW database at www.cofepowdb.org.uk.

Davidson, John D

Head Office, Perth, Scotland
General Accident Fire & Life Assurance Corporation Ltd

Rank Private
Regiment Cameron Highlanders
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Reported POW by November 1940 in German hands and being held at Stalag 344.

Davidson, K M

City, London
Ocean Accident and Guarantee Corporation Ltd

Rank Trooper
Regiment Royal Tank Regiment
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Reported POW by Autumn 1943.

Davies, Henry T

Head Office, London
Union Assurance Company Ltd

Rank Signalman
Regiment Middlesex Yeomanry
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Member of the guarantee department.

Captured in May 1941 and held as a POW in Italy at Campo Concentramento Fonte D'Amore. He escaped and was recaptured on 28 September 1942 and moved to Stalag XViiiA in Germany. Was POW number 8553.

He was released in May 1945 and resigned from company service on 12 Janaury 1946.

In Italy he was in the same camp as Mr Warren of the Palatine.

Deans, Tom (known as Tommy)

Perth, Scotland
General Accident Fire & Life Assurance Corporation Ltd

Rank Driver
Regiment Royal Army Service Corps
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Reported POW by November 1940 and held at Stalag 344.

Depaquit, Pierre

L'Abeille

Date of Death 04 February 1945, aged 39
Regiment 147e RĂ©giment d'infanterie
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Killed in aerial bombardment of Oflag XB.

Dewar, Edward D (known as Eddie)

Head Office, Perth, Scotland
General Accident Fire & Life Assurance Corporation Ltd

Rank Driver
Regiment Royal Army Service Corps
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Member of the accounts department.

In the second Libyan Campaign "fell into enemy hands. After three days he and some companions escaped. They walked 26 miles over rough country and desert, eventually coming across a British unit. As they were nearly all suffering from exposure and the effects of their trek, they had to be sent to hospital."

Dingley, Denys Box

Birmingham
Union Assurance Company Ltd

Regiment Royal Corps of Signals
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Entered company service working for the Palatine Insurance Company in 1931 aged 17.

Served in France and with the 8th Army in the Middle East, Italy and Greece where he was taken prisoner by the partisans.

According to the staff magazine he "had an exciting episode in Greece when he was taken prisoner. "

After his release he returned to Commercial Union and then left the group to join the North British and Mercantile. In 1959 when Commercial Union acquired North British and Mercantile he became deputy accountant and when he retired in 1975 he was international internal auditor for the Commercial Union Group.

Ditton, Maurice A H

Head Office, London
Commercial Union Assurance Company Ltd

Rank Major
Regiment Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment, East Anglian Division
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Member of the Marine Department. Captured by the Japanese in Singapore on 15 February 1942. Was POW for 3.5 years and was quoted in Telegraph of 31 August 1945 "In the October after we were captured at Singapore we were crowded into railway wagons and taken to Siam. There we were set to work building the Bangkok-Moulmein railway. Many men died daily from starvation and from lack of drugs to combat tropical diseases. The survivors, working in the steaming jungle, became weak." "When told of the Japanese surrender by their guards, a knot of officers gathered around a Union Jack, produced by Major Ditton, and sang the National Anthem. The flag had been kept hidden in a blanket for 3.5 years after he had picked it up in a Singapore street."

Dove, W G

Singapore
South British Insurance Company Ltd

Rank Civilian
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DOVE W G

Branch manager.

Held at Changi.