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Field Marshal Horatio Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener, KG, KP, GCB, OM, GCSI, GCMG, GCIE, ADC, PC (24 June 1850 – 5 June 1916) was a British Field Marshal, a diplomat, and a statesman.

Early life

Kitchener was born in Ballylongford near Listowelmarker, County Kerrymarker in Irelandmarker, son of Lt. Col. Henry Horatio Kitchener (1805 – 1894) and Frances Anne Chevallier-Cole (d. 1864; daughter of Rev John Chevallier and his third wife, Elizabeth, née Cole). The family were English, not Anglo-Irish: his father had only recently bought land in Ireland. The year his mother died of tuberculosis, they had moved to Switzerlandmarker in an effort to improve her condition; the young Kitchener was educated there and at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. Pro-French and eager to see action, he joined a Frenchmarker field ambulance unit in the Franco-Prussian War; his father took him back to England after he caught pneumonia after ascending in a balloon to see the French Army of the Loire in action. He was commissioned into the Royal Engineers on 4 January 1871. His service in France had violated British neutrality, and he was reprimanded by the Duke of Cambridge, the commander-in-chief. He served in Palestine, Egyptmarker, and Cyprusmarker as a surveyor, learned Arabic, and prepared detailed topographical maps of the areas.

Survey of Western Palestine

In 1874, at age 24, Kitchener was assigned by the Palestine Exploration Fund to a mapping-survey of the Holy Land, replacing Charles Tyrwhitt-Drake, who had died of malaria. Kitchener, then an officer in the Royal Engineers, joined fellow Royal Engineer Claude R. Conder and between 1874 and 1877, they surveyed what is today Israelmarker, the West Bankmarker and Gazamarker, returning to Englandmarker only briefly in 1875 after an attack by locals in the Galilee, at Safedmarker.

Conder and Kitchener’s expedition became known as the Survey of Western Palestine because it was largely confined to the area west of the Jordan Rivermarker (Hodson 1997). The survey collected data on the topography and toponymy of the area, as well as local flora and fauna. The results of the survey were published in an eight volume series, with Kitchener’s contribution in the first three tomes (Conder and Kitchener 1881-1885).

This survey has had a lasting effect on the Middle East for several reasons:

  • The ordnance survey serves as the basis for the grid system used in the modern maps of Israelmarker and Palestine.
  • The collection of data compiled by Conder and Kitchener are still consulted by archaeologists and geographers working in the southern Levant.
  • The survey itself effectively delineated and defined the political borders of the southern Levant. For instance, the modern border between Israelmarker and Lebanonmarker is established at the point in the upper Galilee where Conder and Kitchener’s survey stopped.

Egypt, Sudan and Khartoum

Kitchener later served as a Vice-Consul in Anatoliamarker, and in 1883, as a British captain but with the Turkish rank of bimbashi (major), in the occupation of Egypt (which was to be a British puppet state, its army led by British officers, from 1883 until the early 1950s), and the following year as an Aide de Camp during the failed Gordon relief expedition in the Sudanmarker. At this time his fiancée, and possibly the only female love of his life, Hermione Baker, died of typhoid fever in Cairo; he subsequently had no issue. But he raised his young cousin Bertha Chevallier-Boutell, daughter of Kitchener's first-cousin, Sir Francis Hepburn de Chevallier-Boutell.

In the late 1880s he was Governor of the Red Sea Territories (which in practice consisted of little more than the Port of Suakinmarker) with the rank of Colonel. Having become Sirdar of the Egyptian Army in 1892, with the rank of major-general in the British Army, in 1896 he led his British and Egyptian forces up the Nile, building a railway to supply arms and reinforcements, and defeating the Sudanese at the Battle of Omdurman on 2 September 1898, near Khartoum.

Kitchener's second tour in the Sudanmarker (1886–1899) won him national fame, and he was made Aide de Camp to Queen Victoria and appointed a Knight Commander of the Bath (KCB). However, this campaign also made his brutality infamous, an aspect of his tactics that became well known after the Boer War. After victory in the Battle of Omdurman the remains of the Mahdi were exhumed and scattered.Kitchener quite possibly prevented war between Francemarker and Britainmarker when he dealt firmly but non-violently with the French military expedition under Captain Marchand to claim Fashodamarker, in what became known as the Fashoda Incidentmarker.

He was created Baron Kitchener, of Khartoummarker and of Aspall in the County of Suffolkmarker, on 31 October 1898 as a victory title commemorating his successes, and began a programme restoring good governance to the Sudan. The programme had a strong foundation based on education, Gordon Memorial College being its centrepiece, and not simply for the children of the local elites - children from anywhere could apply to study.

He ordered the mosques of Khartoum rebuilt and instituted reforms which recognised Friday - the Muslim holy day - as the official day of rest, and guaranteed freedom of religion to all citizens of the Sudan. He attempted to prevent evangelical Christian missionaries from attempting to convert Muslims to Christianity.

Kitchener rescued a substantial charitable fund which had been diverted into the pockets of the Khedive of Egyptmarker, and put it to use improving the lives of the ordinary Sudanese.

He also reformed the debt laws, preventing rapacious moneylenders from stripping away all assets of impoverished farmers, guaranteeing them of land to farm for themselves and the tools to farm with. In 1899 Kitchener was presented with a small island in the Nile at Aswanmarker as in gratitude for his services; the island was renamed Kitchener's Islandmarker in his honour.

The Boer War

During the Second Boer War (1899–1902), Kitchener arrived with Lord Roberts on the RMS Dunottar Castle and the massive British reinforcements of December 1899. Officially holding the title of chief of staff, he was in practice a second-in-command, and commanded a much-criticised frontal assault at the Battle of Paardebergmarker in February 1900.

Following the defeat of the conventional Boer forces, Kitchener succeeded Roberts as overall commander in November 1900, and after the failure of a reconciliatory peace treaty in February 1901 (due to British cabinet veto) which Kitchener had negotiated with the Boer leaders, Kitchener inherited and expanded the successful strategies devised by Roberts to crush the Boer guerrillas.

In a brutal campaign, these strategies removed civilian support from the Boers with a scorched earth policy of destroying Boer farms, slaughtering livestock, building blockhouses, and moving women, children and the elderly into concentration camps. Conditions in these camps, which had been conceived by Roberts as a form of controlling the families whose farms he had destroyed, began to degenerate rapidly as the large influx of Boers outstripped the ability of the miniscule British force to cope. The camps lacked space, food, sanitation, medicine, and medical care, leading to rampant disease and a staggering 34.4% death rate for those Boers who entered. The biggest critic of the camps was the Englishwoman, humanitarian and welfare worker Emily Hobhouse. Despite being largely rectified by late 1901, they led to wide opprobrium in Britain and Europe, and especially amongst South Africans.

The Treaty of Vereeniging was signed in 1902 following a tense six months. During this period Kitchener struggled against Sir Alfred Milner, the Governor of the Cape Colony and the British government. Milner was a hardline conservative and wanted forcibly to anglicise the Afrikaans people (the Boers) , and Milner and the British government wanted to assert victory by forcing the Boers to sign a humiliating peace treaty, while Kitchener wanted a more generous compromise peace treaty that would recognise certain rights for the Afrikaners and promise future self-government. Eventually the British government decided the war had gone on long enough and sided with Kitchener against Milner. (Louis Botha, the Boer leader with whom Kitchener negotiated his aborted peace treaty in 1901, became the first Prime Minister of the self-governing Union of South Africa in 1910.) The Treaty also agreed to pay for reconstruction following the end of hostilities. Six days later Kitchener, who had risen in rank from major-general to full general during the war, was created Viscount Kitchener, of Khartoum and of the Vaalmarker in the Colony of Transvaal and of Aspall in the County of Suffolk.

Court martial of Breaker Morant

The Boer "commando" (i.e. militia) members generally had no uniforms, as they were civilians. On long service, as the state of their clothing became progressively worse, many resorted to taking the clothes of captured troops. This was widely perceived by British commanders as an attempt to masquerade as British soldiers in order to gain a tactical advantage in battle; in response, Kitchener ordered that Boers found wearing British uniforms were to be tried on the spot and the sentence, death, confirmed by the commanding officer.

However it was claimed during the famous Breaker Morant case that Kitchener had issued a take no prisoners order, although he later denied issuing such an order.

In the "Breaker Morant" case several soldiers from Australia were arrested and court-martialled for summarily executing Boer prisoners and also for the murder of a German missionary believed to be a Boer sympathiser. The celebrated horseman and bush poet Lt. Harry "Breaker" Morant and Lt. Peter Handcock were found guilty, sentenced to death and shot by firing squad at Pietersburgmarker (now also called Polokwane) on 27 February 1902. Their death warrants were personally signed by Kitchener. He reprieved a third soldier, Lt. George Witton.

India and Egypt

Following this, Kitchener was made Commander-in-Chief, India (1902–1909) - his term of office was extended by two years - where he reorganized the Indian Army. While many of his reforms were supported by the Viceroy Lord Curzon of Kedleston, who had originally lobbied for Kitchener's appointment, the two men eventually came into conflict over the question of military administration. While later events would ultimately prove Curzon was right in opposing Kitchener's attempts to concentrate all military decision-making power in his own office, the Commander-in-Chief's intrigues won him the crucial support of the government in London and the Viceroy in turn chose to resign.

He presided over the Rawalpindi Parade 1905 to honour the Prince and Princess of Wales visit to India. Later in India Kitchener broke his leg badly in a horse riding accident, leaving him with a slight limp for the rest of his life. Kitchener was promoted to the highest Army rank, Field Marshal, in 1910 and went on a tour of the world. He aspired to be Viceroy of India, but the Secretary of State for India, John Morley, was not keen and hoped to send him instead to Malta as Commander-in-Chief of British forces in the Mediterranean, even to the point of announcing the appointment in the newspapers. Kitchener pushed hard for the Viceroyalty, returning to London to lobby Cabinet ministers and the dying King Edward VII, from whom, whilst collecting his Field-Marshal's baton, Kitchener obtained permission to refuse the Malta job. However, perhaps in part because he was thought to be a Tory (the Liberals were in office at the time) and perhaps due to a Curzon-inspired whispering campaign, but most importantly because Morley, who was a Gladstonian and thus suspicious of imperialism, felt it inappropriate, after the recent grant of limited self-government under the 1909 Indian Councils Act, for a serving soldier to be Viceroy (in the event no serving soldier was appointed Viceroy until Archibald Wavell in 1943), Morley could not be moved. The Prime Minister, H. H. Asquith, was sympathetic but was unwilling to overule Morley, who threatened resignation, so Kitchener was finally turned down for the post of Viceroy of India in 1911.

Kitchener then returned to Egypt as British Agent and Consul-General in Egypt (the job formerly held by Lord Cromer) and of the so-called Anglo-Egyptian Sudan (1911–1914, during the formal reign of Abbas Hilmi II as Khedive (nominally Ottoman Viceroy) of Egypt, Sovereign of Nubia, of the Sudan, of Kordofan and of Darfur).

Kitchener was created Earl Kitchener, of Khartoum and of Broome in the County of Kent, on 29 June 1914. Unusually, provision was made for the title to be passed on to his brother or nephew, since Kitchener was not married and had no children. He was succeeded by his older brother, Colonel Henry Kitchener, 2nd Earl Kitchener, see Earl Kitchener.

World War I

At the outset of World War I, the Prime Minister, H. H. Asquith, quickly had Lord Kitchener appointed Secretary of State for War; Asquith had been filling the job himself as a stopgap following the resignation of Colonel Seeley over the Curragh Incident earlier in 1914, and Kitchener was by chance briefly in Britain on leave when war was declared. Against cabinet opinion, Kitchener correctly predicted a long war that would last at least three years, require huge new armies to defeat Germany, and suffer huge casualties before the end would come. Kitchener stated that the conflict would plumb the depths of manpower "to the last million."
Young men besieging the recruiting offices in Whitehall, London.
A massive recruitment campaign began, which soon featured a distinctive poster of himself, taken from a magazine front cover. It may have encouraged large numbers of volunteers and has proven to be one of the most enduring images of the war, having been copied and parodied many times since.

In an effort to find a way to relieve pressure on the Western front, Lord Kitchener proposed an invasion of Alexandrettamarker with Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC), New Army, and Indian troops. Alexandretta was an area with a large Christian population and was the strategic centre of the Ottoman Empire's railway network - its capture would have cut the empire in two. Yet he was instead eventually persuaded to support Winston Churchill's disastrous Gallipoli campaign in 1915–1916. That failure, combined with the Shell Crisis of 1915, was to deal Kitchener's political reputation a heavy blow; Kitchener was popular with the public, so Asquith retained him in office in the new coalition government, but responsibility for munitions was moved to a new ministry headed by David Lloyd George. Later in 1915 Kitchener was sent on a tour of inspection of Gallipoli and the Near East, in the hope that he could be persuaded to remain in the region as commander-in-chief.

At the end of 1915, the new Chief of the Imperial General Staff, Sir William Robertson, took office only on condition that he was granted the right to speak for the Army to the Cabinet in matters of strategy, leaving Kitchener solely with responsibility for manpower and recruitment. Whereas Kitchener had hoped to hold his armies in reserve to administer the coup de grace to Germany after the other warring nations had exhausted themselves, Robertson was suspicious of efforts in the Balkans and Near East, and was instead committed to major British offensives against Germany on the Western Front - the first of these was to be the Somme in 1916.

In May 1916, preparations were made for Kitchener and Lloyd George to visit Russia on a diplomatic mission. Lloyd George was otherwise engaged with his new Ministry and so it was decided to send Kitchener alone.

A week before his death, Kitchener confided to Lord Derby that he intended to press relentlessly for a peace of reconciliation, regardless of his position, when the war was over, as he feared that the politicians would make a bad peace.

On 4 June 1916, Lord Kitchener personally answered questions asked by politicians about his running of the war effort; at the start of hostilities Kitchener had ordered two million rifles with various US arms manufacturers. Only 480 of these rifles had arrived in the UK by 4 June 1916. The numbers of shells supplied were no less paltry.Kitchener explained the efforts he had made in order to secure alternative supplies.He received a resounding vote of thanks from the 200+ Members of Parliament who had arrived to question him, both for his candour and for his efforts to keep the troops armed; Sir Ivor Herbert, who, a week before, had introduced the failed vote of censure in the House of Commonsmarker against Kitchener's running of the War Department, personally seconded the motion.

In addition to his military work, Lord Kitchener contributed to efforts on the home front. The knitted sock patterns of the day used a seam up the toe, that could rub uncomfortably against the toes. Kitchener encouraged British and American women to knit for the war effort, and contributed a sock pattern featuring a new technique for a seamless join of the toe, still known as Kitchener stitch.


Lord Kitchener sailed from Scrabstermarker to Scapa Flowmarker on 5 June 1916 aboard HMS Oak before transferring to the armoured cruiser HMS Hampshiremarker for his diplomatic mission to Russia. Shortly before 1930 hrs the same day, while en route to the Russian port of Arkhangelskmarker, Hampshire struck a mine laid by the newly-launched German U-boat U-75 (commanded by Curt Beitzen) during a Force 9 gale and sank west of the Orkney Islandsmarker. 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.

Not everyone mourned Kitchener's loss. C. P. Scott, editor of the Manchester Guardian is said to have remarked that "as for the old man, he could not have done better than to have gone down, as he was a great impediment lately."

Conspiracy theories

The suddenness of Kitchener's death, combined with his great fame and the fact that his body was never recovered, almost immediately gave rise to conspiracy theories that have continued almost to this day.

Fritz Joubert Duquesne was an Afrikaner (a Boer) whose family had, in the Second Anglo-Boer War, been affected by the scorched-earth policy. He had been a prisoner-of-war of the British for a time. In the First World War he spied for Germany. He claimed to have sabotaged and sunk HMS Hampshire, killing Kitchener and most of the crew. According to German records, Duquesne assumed the identity of Russian Duke Boris Zakrevsky and joined Kitchener in Scotland. En route to Russia, Duquesne signalled a German U-boat to alert them that Kitchener’s ship was approaching. He then escaped on a raft just before HMS Hampshire was destroyed. Duquesne was awarded the Iron Cross for this act. In the 1930s and 1940s, he ran the famous Duquesne Spy Ring and was captured by the FBImarker along with 32 other Nazi spies in the largest espionage conviction in U.S. history.

The fact that newly-appointed Minister of Munitions (and future prime minister) David Lloyd George was supposed to accompany Kitchener on the fatal journey, but cancelled at the last moment, has been given great significance by some. This fact, along with the alleged lethargy of the rescue efforts, has led some to claim that Kitchener was assassinated, or, somewhat more plausibly, that his death would have been convenient for a British establishment that had come to see him as a figure from the past who was incompetent to wage modern war. Given that Kitchener's death hit Britain like a thunderclap and was widely perceived as a disaster for the war effort, this interpretation seems far-fetched, to say the least.

After the war, there were a number of conspiracy theories put forward, one by Lord Alfred Douglas, positing a connection between Kitchener's death, the recent naval Battle of Jutlandmarker, Winston Churchill and a Jewish conspiracy. (Churchill successfully sued Douglas for criminal libel and the latter spent six months in prison.) Another claimed that the Hampshire did not strike a mine at all, but was sunk by explosives secreted in the vessel by Irish Republicans.

Probably the most spectacular Kitchener-related conspiracy was the effort in 1926 by a hoaxer named Frank Power to actually recover and bury Kitchener's body, which he claimed had been found by a Norwegian fisherman. He brought a coffin back from Norway and prepared it for burial in St. Paul's. At this point, however, the authorities intervened and the coffin was opened in the presence of police and a distinguished pathologist. The box was found to contain only tar for weight. There was widespread public outrage at Power, but he was ultimately never prosecuted.

The role of Fritz Joubert Duquesne in Kitchener's death has been hypothesised/documented in several books and movies:
  • The Man Who Killed Kitchener; the Life of Fritz Joubert Duquesne, 1879-, by Clement Wood. New York, W. Faro, inc., 1932.
  • Sabotage! The Secret War Against America, by Michael Sayers & Albert E. Kahn. Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1942.
  • The House on 92nd Street, won screenwriter Charles G. Booth an Academy Award for the best original motion picture story in 1945.
  • Counterfeit Hero: Fritz Duquesne, Adventurer and Spy, by Art Ronnie. Naval Institute Press, 1995 ISBN 1-55750-733-3
  • Fräulein Doktor, a Dino DeLaurentis film, 1969.
  • The Man Who Would Kill Kitchener, by François Verster, a documentary film on the life of Fritz Joubert Duquesne that won six Stone awards, 1999.


  • The NW chapel of All Souls at St Paul's Cathedralmarker London, not normally open to visitors, was rededicated the Kitchener memorial in 1925. It contains a white marble memoria with effigyl to Kitchener and is also the last resting place of his aide de camp.
  • Following his death the town of Berlin, Ontariomarker, Canada, was renamed Kitchenermarker in his honour. Mount Kitchenermarker in the Canadian Rockies was also named in his honour. A memorial to him was erected on the nearby cliffs.

  • A popular music-hall song "Kitchener - Gone but not forgotten!" was sung by F V St Clair shortly after his death.

  • Earl Kitchener, Elementary School, is a dual-track (English and French) school of approximately 500 students. It is located in the west end of Hamilton, Ontario (Canada) below the Niagara Escarpment. A letter from Lord Kitchener suggests that the motto of this elementary school be "thoroughness."

  • Lord Kitchener Elementary School is located on a 2.7–hectare site on the west side of Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada). A frame building was constructed in 1914, and a main building in 1924. Both are still in use in 2007, but likely to be replaced after 2008 as they are not suitable for seismic upgrading.

  • In the City of Geelong, Victoriamarker, Australia, the Kitchener Memorial Hospital was named in his honour. It is now known as Geelong Hospitalmarker. The original building is still in use although it no longer houses patients.

  • A month after his death, the Lord Kitchener National Memorial Fund was set up by the Lord Mayor of [the City of] London to honour his memory. It was used to aid casualties of the war, both practically and financially; following the war's end, the fund was used to enable university educations for soldiers, ex-soldiers and their sons, a function it continues to perform today.

  • The Lord Kitchener Memorial Homes in Chatham were built with funds from public subscription following Kitchener's death. A small terrace of cottages, they are used to provide affordable rented accommodation for servicemen and women who have seen active service or their widows and widowers.

  • The Kitchener Memorial on Mainland, Orkneymarker is on the cliff edge at Marwick Head, near the spot where Kitchener died at sea. It is a square crenellated stone tower and bears the inscription: "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."

Debate on Kitchener's sexuality

Some biographers have concluded that Kitchener was a latent or active homosexual, though this is not universally accepted. Writers that make the case for his homosexuality include Montgomery Hyde, Ronald Hyam, Dennis Judd and Richardson. Biographers who make the case against include Cassar, Pollock, and Warner. Pakenham, Magnus and Royle hint at homosexuality, though Magnus is said to have later recanted.

The proponents of the case point to Kitchener's friend Captain Oswald Fitzgerald, his "constant and inseparable companion," whom he appointed his aide-de-camp. They remained close until they met a common death on their voyage to Russia. From his time in Egypt in 1892, he gathered around him a cadre of eager young and unmarried officers nicknamed "Kitchener's band of boys." He also avoided interviews with women, took a great deal of interest in the Boy Scout movement, and decorated his rose garden with four pairs of sculptured bronze boys. According to Hyam, "there is no evidence that he ever loved a woman".

A contemporary journalist remarked that Kitchener "has the failing acquired by most of the Egyptian officers, a taste for buggery".

According to another writer, his interests were not exclusively homosexual. "When the great field marshal stayed in aristocratic houses, the well informed young would ask servants to sleep across their bedroom threshold to impede his entrance". His compulsive objective was sodomy, regardless of their gender.

J. B. Priestley noted in his book on The Edwardians that one of Lord Kitchener's personal interests in life included planning and decorating his residences. He was also known to collect delicate china with a passion (such allusions to an 'artistic temperament' were a common code for implying homosexuality at that time).

However, he was apparently in love with, and may have been engaged to, Hermione Baker, the beautiful young daughter of Valentine Baker, commander of the Egyptian gendarmerie, but she died from typhoid in January 1885, aged eighteen. In 1902 he unsuccessfully courted Lord Londonderry's daughter, Helen Mary Theresa; she married Lord Stavordale instead. He was friendly, in her old age, with the courtesan Catherine Walters.

Kitchener in historical films

  • In the film Khartoum, mention is made of "Major Kitchener"'s involvement in the Gordon Relief Expedition of 1884-5.

  • In the film Young Winston, Kitchener, portrayed by Sir John Mills, is shown disapproving of the young Winston Churchill's attempts to see action in Sudan. He disdainfully sweeps a book by Churchill into the bin, and is astonished when, during the battle of Omdurman, it is Lieutenant Churchill who brings him a message about the speed with which the enemy are approaching. Kitchener is incorrectly shown as wearing the insignia of a full general, a higher rank than he in fact held at that time.

Kitchener in fiction

  • The sinking of the HMS Hampshire is portrayed in the 1969 film Fräulein Doktor, where Suzy Kendall's character relays information which leads to a U-Boat sinking the ship and killing Kitchener.

  • Kitchener makes appearances in The Measure of Days, Volume 30 of The Morland Dynasty, a series of historical novels by author Cynthia Harrod-Eagles. This novel includes a fictional account of the sinking of HMS Hampshire.

  • Kitchener is included as a character in the 2001 novel,"KRUGER'S GOLD" a novel of the Anglo-Boer War by author Sidney Allinson . The fact-based novel portrays Kitchener's personality, accurately drawn from his known real-life mannerisms, including some of his direct quotations.


  • 1850-1871: Horatio Herbert Kitchener
  • 1871-1883: Lieutenant Horatio Herbert Kitchener
  • 1883-1884: Captain Horatio Herbert Kitchener
  • 1884-1885: Captain (Bvt. Major) Horatio Herbert Kitchener
  • 1885-1886: Captain (Bvt. Lieutenant-Colonel) Horatio Herbert Kitchener
  • 1886-1888: Captain (Bvt. Lieutenant-Colonel) Horatio Herbert Kitchener, CMG
  • 1888-20 July 1889: Captain & Lieutenant-Colonel (Bvt. Colonel) Horatio Herbert Kitchener, CMG
  • 20 July-8 November 1889: Major (Bvt. Colonel) Horatio Herbert Kitchener, CMG
  • 8 November 1889-1894: Major (Bvt. Colonel) Horatio Herbert Kitchener, CB, CMG
  • 1894-1896: Major (Bvt Colonel and Local Brigadier-General) Sir Horatio Herbert Kitchener, KCMG, CB
  • 1896-1 November 1898: Major-General Sir Horatio Herbert Kitchener, KCB, KCMG
  • 1-15 November 1898: Major-General the Right Honourable the Lord Kitchener, KCB, KCMG
  • 15 November 1898-4 December 1900: Major-General (Bvt. Lieutenant-General and Local General) the Right Honourable the Lord Kitchener, GCB, KCMG
  • 19 April 1901-26 June 1902: Lieutenant-General (dated to 23 December 1899) (Local General) the Right Honourable the Lord Kitchener, GCB, GCMG
  • 26 June-28 July 1902: Lieutenant-General (Local General) the Right Honourable the Lord Kitchener, GCB, OM, GCMG
  • 28 July 1902-1907: His Excellency Lieutenant-General (Local General) the Right Honourable the Viscount Kitchener, GCB, OM, GCMG
  • 1907-1908: His Excellency General the Right Honourable the Viscount Kitchener, GCB, OM, GCMG
  • 1908-January 1909: His Excellency General the Right Honourable the Viscount Kitchener, GCB, OM, GCMG, GCIE
  • January-10 September 1909: General the Right Honourable the Viscount Kitchener, GCB, OM, GCSI, GCMG, GCIE
  • 10 September 1909-1911: Field Marshal the Right Honourable the Viscount Kitchener, GCB, OM, GCSI, GCMG, GCIE
  • 1911-27 July 1914: Field Marshal the Right Honourable the Viscount Kitchener, KP, GCB, OM, GCSI, GCMG, GCIE
  • 27 July-6 August 1914: Field Marshal the Right Honourable the Earl Kitchener, KP, GCB, OM, GCSI, GCMG, GCIE
  • 6 August 1914-1915: Field Marshal the Right Honourable the Earl Kitchener, KP, GCB, OM, GCSI, GCMG, GCIE, PC
  • 1915-1916: Field Marshal the Right Honourable the Earl Kitchener, KG, KP, GCB, OM, GCSI, GCMG, GCIE, PC

See also


Kitchener is a Senior Boys house at the Duke of York's Royal Military Schoolmarker where, like Welbeck collegemarker, all houses are named after prominent military figures. An officers' mess at the Royal Military College of Science, Shrivenham, Wiltshire, is also named after him. The other mess on the site is named after Lord Roberts, and are known to the students as either "Kitch" or "Bob's Cafe".


  • Arthur, Sir George Life of Lord Kitchener Macmillan 1920
  • Ballard, Brigadier General Colin Robert Kitchener (Faber and Faber, London, 1930)
  • Cassar, George Kitchener London: Kimber, 1977
  • C. R. Conder and H. H. Kitchener, Survey of Western Palestine: Memoirs of Topography, Orography, Hydrography and Archaeology, ed. E. H. Palmer and W. Besant, 3 vols. (London: Palestine Exploration Fund, 1881–1885).
  • Fortescue, John William, Sir, 'Kitchener' in Following the Drum Blackwood & Sons, Edinburgh, 1931, pp185–250.
  • Germains, Victor Wallace The Truth about Kitchener John Lane/Bodley Head 1925
  • Yolande Hodson, "Kitchener, Horatio Herbert," in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Archaeology in the Near East, ed. Eric M. Meyers (New York: Oxford University Press, 1997). Pages 300–301 ISBN 0-19-511217-2
  • Hutchison, G.S. Kitchener: The Man (No imprint. 1943) With a foreword by Field Marshal Lord Birdwood
  • King, Peter The Viceroy's Fall: How Kitchener destroyed Curzon Sidgwick & Jackson, 1986 ISBN 0283993138
  • Magnus, Philip Kitchener: Portrait of an Imperialist 1958 (reissued 1968)
  • McCormick D The Mystery of Lord Kitchener's Death (Putnam, 1959)
  • Montgomery Hyde, Harford The Other Love: An Historical and Contemporary Survey of Homosexuality in Britain London: Mayflower Books Ltd, 1972
  • Pollock, John Kitchener: Architect of Victory, Artisan of Peace Carroll & Graf Publishers (27 April 2001), ISBN 0-7867-0829-8
  • Richardson, Major-General Frank M. Mars Without Venus 1981
  • Royle, Trevor The Kitchener Enigma Michael Joseph, 1985
  • Warner, Philip Kitchener: The Man Behind the Legend Cassell; New Ed edition, May 2006, ISBN 0-304-36720-6


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  3. Kitchener Stitch
  4. An easier way to Kitchener Stitch (also called "grafting seams" or "weaving seams")
  5. Leigh Ann Barry, Basic Knitting: All the Skills and Tools You Need to Get Started (n.c.: Stackpole Books, 2004), 82.
  6. HMS Hampshire at
  7. The History of the Lord Kitchener National Memorial Fund
  8. Lord Kitchener Memorial Homes Trust
  9. Kitchener memorial
  10. Inscription on the Kitchener Memorial
  11. Empire: The British Imperial Experience from 1765 to the Present; Dennis Judd, pp.172-176
  12. H. Montgomery Hyde, The Love That Dared not Speak its Name; p161
  13. Empire and Sexuality: The British Experience, Ronald Hyam; pp.38-39
  14. Patrick Barkham Navy's new message: your country needs you, especially if you are gay The Guardian 21 February 2005
  15. Niall Ferguson A walking, talking ramrod? 19 February 2001
  16. A.N. Wilson, The Victorians (2002) p598
  17. Frank McLynn England needs you. New biographies attempt to rehabilitate two of the most reviled figures from recent British military history - Lord Kitchener and Bomber Harris New Statesman 26 February 2001

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