Walter Kitchener

Walter Kitchener

Infobox Military Person
name=Sir Frederick Walter Kitchener

born=26 May 1858
died=6 March 1912
allegiance=United Kingdom
branch=British Army
battles=Second Anglo-Afghan War
Mahdist War
Second Boer War
awards=Order of the Bath
relations=Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener
Henry Kitchener, 2nd Earl Kitchener
laterwork=Governor and Commander in Chief of Bermuda (1908-1912)

Lieutenant-General Sir Frederick Walter Kitchener KCB (26 May 1858 - 6 March 1912), known as Walter Kitchener, was a British soldier and colonial administrator.

He was the youngest son of Henry Horatio Kitchener (1805-1894) and his wife Frances Anne Chevallier (1826-1864). In 1876 he followed his older brother Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener in taking up a career in the British Army. Initially commissioned an unattached Sub-Lieutenant, he joined the 14th Foot (later the West Yorkshire Regiment) in 1877. He served in the Second Anglo-Afghan War as a transport officer to the Kabul field force and took part in the first Battle of Charasiah and the battle of Karez Meer. Kitchener also saw action in the Chardeh Valley.cite news | title =Gov. Gen. Kitchener dead| publisher = New York Times| date =1912-03-08 | url = | accessdate = 2007-12-15]

He later served in the Egypt during the Mahdist War where his brother Lord Kitchener was commanding British forces. During the war Frederick was made director of Transport during the 1898 Nile expedition and advance on Khartoum. He was appointed commander of the Kordofan force and took part in the Battle of Omdurman which resulted in the recapture of Khartoum which had been captured by Mahdist's during the Siege of Khartoum in 1885. He was appointed Khartoum’s Military governor after it came under Anglo-Egyptian control.

In 1899 Kitchener was appointed to the staff of Sir Redvers Buller in South Africa and took part in attempts to relive Ladysmith during the Second Boer War. He was expected to be given an important post in South Africa but was passed over by his brother because Lord Kitchener didn’t want to be accused of favouritism. [Citation| title =Walter Kitchener at disadvantage| newspaper =The Sheboygan Press| pages =2| year =1909| date =5 November, 1909] For his service in South Africa he was awarded the Queen's South Africa Medal with five clasps and the King's South Africa Medal with two clasps. Kitchener remained in South Africa until 1902 when he was posted to British India to serve on the staff commanding the Lahore Division.

On 31 October, 1908 he was appointed Governor and Commander in Chief of Bermuda,Citation| title =Brother of Kitchener passes in Bermuda| newspaper =The Atlanta Constitution| pages =29| year =1912| date =8 March, 1912] serving until his death in Hamilton following complications from an operation for appendicitis.

Kitchener married Caroline Fenton on 27 November 1884 and had five children.cite web| title =Genealogy of Frederick Walter Kitchener| publisher | url =| accessdate =2007-12-15]


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