United Kingdom National Inventory of War Memorials
 The Imperial War Museum

FM Earl Kitchener

Our Ref: 11706

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Address

St Pauls Cathedral
St Pauls Churchyard
City
GREATER LONDON
England
EC4
 
Type:Chapel: Dedicated within Church building
Denomination:Church of England
Other Location Details:

Chapel of All Souls (Kitchener Memorial Chapel)

OS Map Ref:TQ 320 811

Inscription

(framed scroll) THE CHAPEL OF ALL SOULS/ The Chapel of All Souls was pre-/ sented to St. Pauls Cathedral by the/ Kitchener Memorial Committee as a/ permanent memorial to Lord Kitchener who/ lost his life in the sinking of the Hampshire/ in June 1916. The dominant idea of the/ Chapel is the spirit of sacrifice which char-/ acterised the great soldier whose memory/ it enshrines and which inspired the armies which/ rose at his call. The utmost importance, there/ fore, is given to the Pieta which represents the Sacrifice of the Death of Christ. The figures/ of the Warrior Saints [Saint Michael and/ Saint George], the recumbent figure of Lord/ Kitchener and the Pieta are all the work of/ Mr Reid Dick, R.A. In a recess in the North/ wall of the Chapel will be found the illum-/ inated Roll of Honour, containing the names/ of Royal Engineetrs of all ranks who gave/ their lives in the Great War, 1914-1918. The/ large silver candlesticks are of special note as/ they are wrought mainly from cups and/ other trophies won by members of the London/ Rifle Brigade who also fell in the war./ Grant them, O Lord, eternal rest/ and let perpetual light/ shine upon them.
(tablet on wall at head of effigy): GLORY TO GOD/ IN THE HIGHEST/ THIS CHAPEL IS SET/ APART IN MEMORY OF F.M. EARL KITCHENER/ HIS MAJESTY,S SECRETARY/ OF STATE FOR WAR AND/ ALL OTHERS WHO FELL 1914-1918.
(Effigy) MDCCCL. THE WHOLE WORLD IS THE TOMB OF/ A GREAT MAN AND/ HIS NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE MCMXVI

Components

ComponentMaterial(s)HeightWidthDepthCondition
TABLETStone   Good
FIGUREMARBLE - WHITE   Good
FIGURESStone   Good
SCROLLPAPER   Good

Physical Description

Square room. Canted corners which support broad ribs of vault. Tablet on west wall records creation of chapel as a memorial & framed scroll describes components of chapel.
Ribs are ornamented with recess panels, alternately rectangular and square. They support an octagonally-framed centrepiece carved with oak leaves and acorns. 1920s furnishings with stone altar with frieze of putti and integral with it the reredos and a Pieta. Saints Michael and George flank tablet on west wall with recumbent marble effigy of Kitchener, in full military dress with a pillow supporting the head, placed before them. An incised tablet forming part of the wall stonework connects the statues of the saints standing sentinel at the head of the effigy. The carved Kitchener coat of arms depicts oak leaves and two horses either side of a coronet-capped shield; a motto THOROUGH is carved on a banner at its foot.

Wars Commemorated & People Remembered

WarFirst World War (1914-1918)
Total names on memorial:1
Served & Returned0
Died1
Is this an exact count?Yes, an exact count
How are the names ordered?Not known
What information is listed on the memorial? surname, rank, year died, place of death, manner of death, occupation
Do we hold a list of names on the memorial?Yes

Maintenance

Are the letters difficult to read?No
Who is responsible for the memorial?

Maintenance History:

Ceremonies

Date:10 December 1925
RolePerformed By
DedicationDean of St Pauls

Sponsorships

Sponsorship Type: Public
Did this include a trust or scholarship?Yes
If so, for what purpose?

The council of the Kitchener Memorial Fund had "provided 20 scholarships for one year for oversea soldiers and sailors who have been disabled in the war. These will be awarded to men who gave up their studies at the beginning of the war to join the C

Did this include a roll of honour?NOT APPLICABLE
Cost of Site:Not known
Cost of Memorial:Not known
Comments on Costs:

Craftsmen

NameOccupation
CHRISTOPHER WRENArchitect
SIR WILLIAM REID DICKSculptor
SIR MERVYN MACARTNEYArchitect

References

Co-ordinator's Comments:

See Burman for full description of chapel.
See also NIWM61027 for chapel altar.

Comments: 
Photographs:3
Other Documents:None
Form / Letter:O
Negatives:No
Drawings / Plans:No
Minutes:No
Press Cuttings:1
Publication NameAuthorDate PublishedPage / DateOther Information
ST PAUL'S CATHEDRALBURMAN, PETER1987P 153 
The Times  19 Jan 1918 p.9 col.f; 26 Feb. 1925 p.15 col.f ; 27 Feb. p15 col.f; 28 Feb. p.8 col.c; 2 Dec. p.14 col.b; 4 Dec., p.17 col. e;10 Dec. p.19 col f and p.20 col.a;11 Dec.1925 p.17 col.f 
OrganisationIdWebsite
St Paul's Cathedral Inventoryinv no. 6089 descriptive scroll
St Paul's Cathedral Inventoryinv no. 6090 effigy
St Paul's Cathedral Inventoryinv no. 6097. tablet on wall at head of effigy
UKNIWM61027 (altar)http://www.ukniwm.org.uk/server/show/conMemorial.61027/fromUkniwmSearch/1