Memorial Fund

The History of the Lord Kitchener National Memorial Fund (LKNMF)

The LKNMF was established more than 80 years ago as a permanent living memorial to Field Marshal Lord Kitchener of Khartoum, Secretary of State for War, whose tragic death in 1916 cut short a momentous career and stirred the Nation to the same extent as did the death of Winston Churchill in 1965.

Lord Kitchener's visit to Pretoria 1902
Visit to 22 General Hospital Pretoria 14th June, 1902.

In keeping with its original Charter the objects of the Fund today are to provide scholarships for the sons and daughters of men and women who have served or are serving in the armed forces. These scholarships cover both school leavers and post graduate students studying for a degree in Business Administration.

Upon the untimely death of Lord Kitchener in June 1916 the Nation was in grief. The loss was felt by soldier and civilian alike, who had seen Kitchener, already a hero, almost single-handedly give Britain a fighting chance against the German army at the beginning of the First World War.

Not quite a month after his death, a Memorial Fund was established by the Lord Mayor of London. So eager were people pay their respects by contributing that within two years the Fund was worth a massive £500,000 (around £12,000,000 in modern terms), a Royal Charter had been granted and Queen Alexandra had become the patron.

The money was put immediately to good use by giving relief to casualties of war, both financially, in the form of grants, and practically, supplying artificial limbs and equipment for the disabled. Two important memorials to Lord Kitchener were also supported with the Fund. First, the Kitchener Memorial was created in the Chapel of All Souls, St. Paul's Cathedral and second, a generous grant was made to the Kitchener Memorial Medical School at the University of Khartoum.

Kitchener Memorial at St. Paul's Cathedral
Memorial to Lord Kitchener in St. Paul's Cathedral.

Gradually the objectives of the Fund began to evolve. The government were starting to take financial responsibility for the disabled and so the Fund was used to enable soldiers, whose education had been broken by serving on active duty, to resume their studies by way of Kitchener Scholarships. Later, these scholarships were offered to the sons of men who had served, who had been offered places at university, and in 1985 girls became eligible to apply for Kitchener Scholarships too. As the governnment made grants available to any student wishing to enter further education, the Kitchener Scholarships began to function rather as supplements to the grants, in that they enabled students to buy books or materials, participate in field trips during holidays or to join the societies offered by the colleges.

The criteria required for scholarships from the Fund remain much the same as when it was first established. The application depends upon the parent's service record, the applicant's own academic record, the offer of a place at university and evidence of other, non-academic qualities such as responsibility and leadership. If you wish to be considered for a Scholarship award, please visit the LKNMF website for further information and contact details:LKNMF website

Over the past ten years the Fund has increased by over £200,000. Whilst much of this has been due to investment performance, some of the increase has been through the generosity of former scholars in the interests of those who will follow.  If you would like to help with a donation or would like some more information on legacy giving, then please contact the Secretary of the  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The fund is overseen by the Council of the LKNMF, and run by the Executive and Scholarship Committees, both of which have Kitchener Scholars who serve on them.