Staff and the world wars
Many employees of Aviva constituent companies fought in the two world wars and many received medals and honours. 1,474 made the ultimate sacrifice. Use these pages to search for employees involved in the conflicts, or discover more about their experiences and contribution to the war effort.
All aspects of working life were affected by war and some of our companies had up to 90% of male staff serving in the forces by 1918. Many stories from those on the battlefield and on the home front have been preserved in the Group Archive.
Members of our staff were involved in most of the major land, air, and sea battles and events of the second world war. On the home front, remaining staff took on the work of their absent colleagues along with additional civil duties, while living under the threat of air raids and the privations of war time shortages.