Memorial: M6585

Memorial in Marwick Head, Orkney, commemorating Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener, lost in HMS ‘Hampshire’ on 5th June 1916

Location

Marwick Head, Orkney, Scotland

Transcript

'THIS TOWER WAS RAISED / BY THE PEOPLE OF ORKNEY / IN MEMORY OF FIELD MARSHAL EARL KITCHENER / OF KHARTOUM / THAT CORNER OF HIS COUNTRY / WHICH HE HAD SERVED FAITHFULLY / NEAREST TO THE PLACE / WHERE HE DIED ON DUTY.', 'HE AND HIS OFFICERS PERISHED ALONG WITH / THE OFFICERS AND NEARLY ALL THE MEN OF / H.M.S. HAMPSHIRE ON 5TH JUNE 1916.'

Details

Description: Square battlemented tower, 48 foot high.
Type: Tower
Materials: Stone
Date Erected: 1926
Artists: J M Bakie (architect); W Liddle (builder)
Vessel: HMS Hampshire

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

Extra

Notes: HMS 'Hampshire' struck a mine off Marwick Head and was lost with a total of 737 casualties. The tower, originally erected by public subscription, was repaired with a grant from the Centenary Memorials Restoration Fund, the Orkney Heritage Society and other organisations in 2016. A wall was added alongside the tower to commemorate the other men lost with the ship and includes the names of those who died.

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