Lot Archive


№ 444


30 June 1994

Estimate: £900–£1,200

A C.B.E., Great War M.C. group of eleven awarded to Air Vice-Marshal Kenneth Biggs, Royal Air Force Medical Branch, who was three times mentioned in despatches for services in Palestine

ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE, C.B.E. (Military) 2nd type neck badge in silver gilt and enamels; MILITARY CROSS, G.V.R.; 1914-15 STAR TRIO, M.I.D. (Capt., R.A.M.C.); GENERAL SERVICE 1918-62, 1 clasp, Palestine (G/C, R.A.F); 1939-45 STAR; DEFENCE AND WAR MEDALS; JUBILEE 1935; CORONATION 1937, the group mounted court style as worn, nearly extremely fine (11)

C.B.E., London Gazette, 1 January,1946, Air Commodore.

M.C., London Gazette, 9 January, 1918. 'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in leading and organising his stretcher bearers under intense fire of every description, in such a manner that our wounded were speedily evacuated. He worked increasingly in the open for 24 hours, until he was severely wounded, by his admirable courage and determination saving many lives.'

M.I.D., London Gazette, 4 January, 1917.

M.I.D., London Gazette, 23 July, 1937, 23 December 1938, and 22 December 1939 (all three for Palestine).

Kenneth Biggs joined the R.A.M.C. as Lieutenant on 15 September 1914, rising to Captain. He then transferred to the R.A.F. in the same rank on 1 October 1918. On 13 July 1920, he became Flight Lieutenant in the Medical Branch, and subsequently rose to the rank of Acting Air Vice-Marshal on 15 December 1945. He reverted to the Retired List on 2 November 1947, retaining the rank of Air Vice Marshal.