Call to remove Kitchener place names
‘Breaker Morant’ expert and advocate for justice James Unkles is scheduled to give a presentation on a related topic next month.
Campaigning to remove place names and memorials in honour of the Earl of Kitchener, Mr Unkles will speak at the Oakleigh Carnegie RSL, Victoria, on 23 March.
Herbert Horatio Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener, is one of Britain’s most iconic military figures.
Playing a central role as Secretary of State for War during WWI, his face adorned one of the most famous wartime propaganda posters ever created.
Before that, Kitchener made his name as Britain’s military commander serving in Egypt as head of the Egyptian Army and Commander of Britain’s invasion of Sudan (1896-1899), winning notable victories at Atbara and Omdurman.
However, Mr Unkles will speak to evidence he says shows another side of Kitchener – war crimes, including summary execution of wounded combatants committed on the battlefield and atrocities against innocent civilians.
Anyone is welcome to attend Mr Unkles’ presentation at the Oakleigh Carnegie RSL on 23 March at 7pm. No bookings required.
FILE PHOTO: Kitchener with General Birdwood on a tour of inspection at Gallipoli, November 1915. Photo by Ernest Brooks – Q 13595 from the Imperial War Museums (collection no. 1900-61).