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Photograph of Earl Kitchener, 1909

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 63/29

Scope and Contents

A mounted photograph of Earl Kitchener given to W.B. Reynolds before Kitchener left India in 1909.


  • Creation: 1909


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Biographical / Historical

Horatio Herbert Kitchener (1850-1916), 1st Earl Kitchener of Khartoum and Broome, was born on 24 June 1850 at Crotter House, Ballylongford, co. Kerry. He attended the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich, and received a commission in the Royal Engineers in 1871. Kitchener was made second-in-command of the Egyptian cavalry in 1882, and Governor-General of Eastern Sudan in 1886. He was appointed Adjutant-General of the Egyptian Army in 1888, and helped to defeat the dervishes at Toska in 1889. During 1892-1896 Kitchener prepared the Egyptian army for the conquest of Sudan. He became Governor-General of Sudan in 1899, and completed the pacification of the country. In 1899 he was appointed Chief of Staff to Lord Roberts in South Africa. He was Commander-in-Chief against the Boers, 1900-1902. Kitchener was Commander-in-Chief in India, 1902-1909, and the British agent and Consul-General in Egypt, 1911. He became Secretary of State for War in 1914. He died in June 1916 following the sinking of H.M.S. 'Hampshire' off the Orkneys. W.B. Reynolds, V.D., was serving in South India at the time that he was given this photograph by Kitchener.


1 envelope(s) (1 envelope) : photograph

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

The provenance of the collection is unknown.

Related Materials

The R.C.S. Manuscripts Collection includes a letter from Earl Kitchener to Sir Ernest Wilton, RCMS 22/28. The R.C.S. Photograph Collection includes photographs of Earl Kitchener.


This collection level description was created by RAS.


Kitchener, Horatio Herbert, 1850-1916, 1st Earl Kitchener of Khartoum and Broome

Finding aid date

2003-11-27 10:11:18+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

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