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).