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Kitchener Memorial -Orkney Isles


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There are moves to also commemorate all those who died in the HMS Hampshire sinking of the 5th June 1916, besides Lord Kitchener

The Orkney Heritage Society page has some excellent material on the Kitchener Memorial.

BBC news page


From the Orkney Heritage Society


In Birsay, the Orkney Mainland’s north-westmost parish, there sits a memorial, inscribed:

"This tower was raised by the people of Orkney in memory of Field Marshal Earl Kitchener of Khartoum on that corner of his country which he had served so faithfully nearest to the place where he died on duty. He and his staff perished along with the officers and nearly all the men of HMS Hampshire on 5 June 1916."

What is not told by this simple and evocative structure is that only 12 men survived the sinking and some 649 other men lost their lives in terrible conditions along with Lord Kitchener.

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