7th June, 1916 : A pall of grief and dismay descended on the British people today after the Admiralty announced that Lord Kitchener was dead. He was 66 and travelling to Russia aboard the cruiser Hampshire when it struck a mine off the Orkneys; there were no survivors. In 1914 Kitchener was almost alone in seeing the need to prepare for a long war. But he found politicians difficult to work with and his influence as Secretary for War had been waning. To the people he remained a true hero.
[Perhaps less people would die if politicians listened – by the way, read Maritime will]