Awarded for Services to Sport
New Years Honours 1 January 1953 included a MBE for my Grandfather Charles Adolph Kitto of Wellington, New Zealand for services to Sport. An MBE is a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. My Grandfathers was in the civil section.
While this was spoken family history I found online his name included in the Supplement to the London Gazette, 1 January 1953. He appears on the right hand side, six people down. Click the image to see a larger view.
The areas of sport he was involved were numerous. In his younger years he participated and later on was involved in numerous sports bodies. They included membership on the NZ Rugby Union executive for 16 years, Assistant Manager for the NZ team at the Empire Games held in Sydney February 1938, development of a centre for Athletics in Wellington, President of Athletics NZ in 1940-1941, representative on the NZ Olympics Council and adviser to government on sporting matters. He was on the Wellington Amateur Athletics club committee for 36 years and Patron of Worser Bay Boat also.