Speaking of poster children, Lord Kitchener, who told us all during WWI that our country needed us, died with the sinking of the HMS Hampshire, lost on June 5, 1916. Yet his iconic picture continued to recruit more soldiers to the same destiny as Kitchener himself. He managed to see his 66th birthday; most of his disciples were not so lucky.
War was declared between Britain and Germany on August 4, 1914, and the armistice was signed on November 11, 1918, so Kitchener was dead only 3/7 of the way through the war, never seeing how even a bishop like himself might fit into that great pan-European game of chess; moreover Kitchener’s life may, according to conspiracy theorists, have been given up entirely in vain. How suitable he was for the role of poster child.