Kitchener Me­mo­rial

The Scots Magazine - - Focus On… Orkney -

THIS mon­u­ment was built in mem­ory of for­mer Sec­re­tary of State for War, Lord Kitchener, who died when the HMS Hamp­shire sunk off the west coast of Orkney in 1916. The 14.6-me­tre (48ft) me­mo­rial was erected by Or­ca­di­ans in 1924. Its restora­tion, and a com­mem­o­ra­tive wall with the names of all the 737 men lost en­graved on it, was un­veiled in June 2016.

The tower and sur­round­ing area of­fer stun­ning views of the At­lantic Ocean and it’s a per­fect day out for wildlife lovers. The RSPB re­serve at Mar­wick Head is a short walk from the tower and packed full with wildlife. Kitchener was on his way to Rus­sia to try and keep the Tsar and his coun­try in the war, when the Hamp­shire fell foul of a Ger­man mine. The mon­u­ment stands on the cliffs look­ing over the spot where the ship sunk. Kitchener is also re­mem­bered for be­ing the face of the world-renowned First World War pro­pa­ganda poster “Your coun­try needs you” (pic­tured, far right).

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