The excellent medal group of Air Commodore James Kyle M.R.C.S. L.R.C.P. who served as a 2nd Lieutenant Artists Rifles 28th London Regiment on the front in France where he was gassed which resulted in his returning to his medical studies, qualifying, then serving as a regular officer in the Royal Air Force from 1919 to 1945.
Medals, swing mounted as worn: Order of St. John, 1914 Star with clasp ( 2. LIEUT. J. KYLE. 28 / LOND. R. ) British War Medal & Victory Medal pair ( LIEUT. J. KYLE ), Defence Medal, War Medal ( both privately named A/CMDR J. KYLE. ), Coronation Medal 1937 ( G / C. J. KYLE. )
He was invested with this Order of St John Brother’s Star by the Grand Prior, HRH Duke of Gloucester at Mansion House.
His Obituary in the British Medical Journal reads as follows:
“James Kyle MRCS, LRCP. Air Commodore James Kyle, for the past four years assistant director of medical services of the British Overseas Airways Corporation, died suddenly in St George’s Hospital on October 8th. He was born in 1888 and was educated first at Watson’s College, Edinburgh and later at Shrewsbury. He studied medicine at Guy’s Hospital before the first world war but left his medical studies in 1914 to serve as a combatant in the Artists Rifles. He was gassed in France and returned to his medical school at the end of 1916 taking the Conjoint diploma in 1918. After qualifying he was for a short time an assistant medical officer at Lambeth Hospital. In the Royal Air Force, in which he served as a regular officer from 1919 to 1945, he held many important posts.
Sir Harold Whittingham writes: Jimmy, as he was known in the Royal Air Force and among his wide circle of friends, was commandant of the Medical Training Establishment and Depot just before the war and during most of the war period. Here he was to a large extent responsible for the high ideals instilled into the R.A.F. medical officers and medical orderlies which did so much to mould their characters and to build up a medical service which won great distinction during the recent war.
Following a heart attack he continued to serve throughout the war and after his retirement from the Royal Air Force he served in the medical service of the British Overseas Airways Corporation. In addition he undertook the duties of R.A.F. representative of the Armed Forces Committee and on the Council of the British Medical Association………”
Sold with Great War ribbon bar, business card of Air Commodore J. Kyle, 2 B.M.A. badges and epaulette.
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