The tragic loss of Field Marshal Lord Kitchener in the sinking of HMS Hampshire on 5 June this year was felt keenly by the entire country. In August, a memorial fund established in his memory opened, with Jersey agreeing to contribute. In recent days the local fund has formerly closed, with monies raised being forwarded to Mansion House in London.
Within weeks of Kitchener’s death, the Lord Mayor of London proposed that a fund be established to honour the great man. He quickly gained widespread support, including that of Queen Alexander, who would go on to become the fund’s patron. The object of the fund is to provide for disabled officers and men of the British Army and Royal Navy, especially those needing medical assistance beyond that normally provided by the Government. This could include special surgical apparatus or beds, nursing support, home treatments or convalescent stays.
Contributions have since poured in, with Jersey alone raising £236 through public subscription. There have been individual donations and monies collected through newspaper supported appeals. Despite the cheque now being dispatched to London, it is understood that donations continue to arrive.
A/D1/W10 contains correspondence on setting up the Kitchener Memorial Fund and the payment of contributions by Jersey.