BBJ Collection
Britons Kitchener "Wants You"

Britons Kitchener "Wants You"

(Reference: BBJ604)

54 WW1 Photo Cards with the 1914 recruitment poster depicting Secretary of State for War Lord Kitchener above the words "WANTS YOU" - the most famous image used in the British Army recruitment campaign of World War I on the reverse. The poster was designed by Alfred Leete and had first appeared as a cover illustration for London Opinion.

Horatio Herbert Kitchener
Born in County Kerry, Ireland, in 1850, he was commissioned in 1871 and transferred to the Egyptian Army in 1882.  After promotion to Commander-in-Chief, he forced the French to withdraw in the Fashoda incident. He conducted war by “scorched earth” policy and created the earliest civilian concentration camps.

He defeated the Sudanese Dervishes at Omdurman, 1898, and re-occupied Khartoum.  He was Chief of Staff in the first Boer War and then commanded the forces in India, 1902-1909. 

He was appointed War Minister on the outbreak of the Great War in 1914 and granted an earldom, 1st Earl Kitchener of Khartoum.

He died in 1916, when his ship H.M.S. Hampshire was sunk on passage to Russia on the “safe” route north of Scotland.

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