The very serious conflict in which we are now engaged on the Continent has been none of our seeking.  It will undoubtedly strain the resources of our Empire and entail considerable sacrifices on our people.  These will be shared by willingly borne for our honour and the presevation on our position in the world, and will be shared by our Dominions beyond the seas, now sending contingents and assistance of every kind to help the Mother Country in this struggle.

Earl Kitchener in the House of Lords, August 25th 1911


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