Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria

To be Sold on: 13th January 2021

Estimate: £700 - £900

Sold for: £1,300

A post-War M.B.E., Second War ‘Flying Bomb Attacks’ K.P.F.S.M. group of five awarded to Chief Officer C. P. Kitchin, Hastings Fire Brigade

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, M.B.E. (Civil) Member’s 2nd type breast badge, silver, with Royal Mint case of issue; King’s Police and Fire Service Medal, G.VI.R., 1st issue, for Distinguished Service (Clifford P. Kitchin, Div. Officer No. 30 F.F.); Defence Medal; Coronation 1953, unnamed as issued; Fire Brigade L.S. & G.C., E.II.R. (Clifford P. Kitchin Chief Officer) light contact marls, good very fine (5) £700-£900

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A post-War M.B.E., Second War ‘Flying Bomb Attacks’ K.P.F.S.M. group of five awarded to Chief Officer C. P. Kitchin, Hastings Fire Brigade

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, M.B.E. (Civil) Member’s 2nd type breast badge, silver, with Royal Mint case of issue; King’s Police and Fire Service Medal, G.VI.R., 1st issue, for Distinguished Service (Clifford P. Kitchin, Div. Officer No. 30 F.F.); Defence Medal; Coronation 1953, unnamed as issued; Fire Brigade L.S. & G.C., E.II.R. (Clifford P. Kitchin Chief Officer) light contact marls, good very fine (5) £700-£900
M.B.E. London Gazette 1 January 1962 Clifford Parker Kitchin, Esq., Chief Officer, Hastings Fire Brigade

K.P.F.S.M. London Gazette 1 January 1945 Clifford Parker Kitchin, Divisional Officer, No. 30 (East Kent) Fire Force:
‘For Distinguished Service in Connection with the Flying Bomb Attacks.’


The original recommendation states: ‘Since his appointment as Divisional Officer in 1941, has shown zeal, especially in regard to his work for D-Day, and during heavy flying bomb attacks.’

Clifford Parker Kitchin served with No. 30 (East Kent) Fire Force, and was appointed a Divisional Officer in 1941. ‘Owing to his untiring efforts a complete state of readiness was prepared with the important naval establishments in his division and the National Fire Service before D-Day. His outstanding qualities of leadership were shown during many flying-bomb attacks in the area, and his example was an inspiration to those under him.’ (newspaper extract refers). He was presented with his K.P.F.S.M. by Lord Cornwallis, Lord Lieutenant of Kent, on 13 April 1945, and subsequently served as Chief Officer of Hastings Fire Brigade.

Sold with copied research, including medal roll extract for the Coronation Medal.