Lord Kitchener arrived at Southampton docks in April 1910 on his return from India and Australia aboard the White Star ship Oceanic. On a previous visit in 1902 he was made a Freeman of the Borough. Kitchener became a national hero after re-conquering Sudan in 1898, thus avenging the death of General Gordon. Local pride in his success was manifested in the naming of a number of Southampton streets in his honour, including Khartoum, Omdurman and Kitchener Roads in Portswood.
More Stories of Southampton Streets, by A. G. K. Leonard, p160. (HS/h)
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