1st Earl Kitchener of Khartoum, Viscount Kitchener, Viscount Broome and Baron Denton. Secretary of State for War. Col. Cmdt. Royal Engineers, Col. Irish Guards Horatio Herbert Kitchener1

M, #2523, b. 24 Jun 1850, d. 5 Jun 1916
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FatherLt-Col. Henry Horatio Kitchener1 d. before 5 Jun 1916
MotherAnne Frances Chevallier1 b. 3 Sep 1826
     1st Earl Kitchener of Khartoum, Viscount Kitchener, Viscount Broome and Baron Denton. Secretary of State for War. Col. Cmdt. Royal Engineers, Col. Irish Guards Horatio Herbert Kitchener was born on 24 Jun 1850 in Gunsborough Villa, Ballylongford, Listowel, Kerry, Ireland.2 He was the son of Lt-Col. Henry Horatio Kitchener and Anne Frances Chevallier.1 The cause of death was given as Lord Kitchener sailed from Scrabster to Scapa Flow on 5 June 1916 aboard HMS Oak before transferring to the armoured cruiser HMS Hampshire for his diplomatic mission to Russia. Shortly before 1930 hrs the same day, while en route to the Russian port of Arkhangelsk during a Force 9 gale, Hampshire struck a mine laid by the newly launched German U-boat U-75 (commanded by Curt Beitzen) and sank west of the Orkney Islands.[65] Kitchener, his staff, and 643 of the crew of 655 were drowned or died of exposure. His body was never found. The survivors who caught sight of him in those last moments testified to his outward calm and resolution on 5 Jun 1916.3 1st Earl Kitchener of Khartoum, Viscount Kitchener, Viscount Broome and Baron Denton. Secretary of State for War. Col. Cmdt. Royal Engineers, Col. Irish Guards Horatio Herbert Kitchener has no known burial place, and is commemorated on a Commonwealth War Memorial on The Hollybrook Memorial, Southampton, Hampshire, England.1 He died on 5 Jun 1916 in Scotland at age 65; at sea off the Orkneys, during WW1.1,2

Military History

  • On 5 Jun 1916 1st Earl Kitchener of Khartoum, Viscount Kitchener, Viscount Broome and Baron Denton. Secretary of State for War. Col. Cmdt. Royal Engineers, Col. Irish Guards Horatio Herbert Kitchener was a Secretary Of State For War, General Staff. Awards: K G, K P, G C B, O M, G C S I, G C M G, G C I E.1
  • He was commemorated on 24 Apr 1921 on The War Memorial, Aspall, Suffolk, England.4
Last Edited=27 Mar 2016

Citations

  1. [S19] Website Commonwealth War Graves Commission (http://www.cwgc.org) "http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2894749/."
  2. [S680] Service Record of Horatio Herbert Ktichener, War Office (Secretary Of State For War), WW1 (The National Archives, WO 363) "unknown cd."
  3. [S248] Website Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org).
  4. [S422] Monumental inscription in the Church of (Inside the Church of St. Mary Of Grace) "unknown cd."