Edward Puttick

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Sir
Edward Puttick
KCB
Born(1890-06-26)26 June 1890
Timaru, New Zealand
Died25 July 1976(1976-07-25) (aged 86)
AllegianceNew Zealand New Zealand
Service/branchNzarmy.gif New Zealand Army
RankLieutenant General
Commands held4th Infantry Brigade
New Zealand Defence Force
Battles/wars

World War One

World War Two

AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the Bath
 
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Sir
Edward Puttick
KCB
Born(1890-06-26)26 June 1890
Timaru, New Zealand
Died25 July 1976(1976-07-25) (aged 86)
AllegianceNew Zealand New Zealand
Service/branchNzarmy.gif New Zealand Army
RankLieutenant General
Commands held4th Infantry Brigade
New Zealand Defence Force
Battles/wars

World War One

World War Two

AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the Bath


Sir Edward Puttick, KCB (26 June 1890 – 25 July 1976) was a New Zealand army general. He was born in Timaru, Southern Canterbury, New Zealand.[1]

Puttick was commissioned in the New Zealand Army in May 1911, and served with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in World War I. After being wounded during the 1918 Spring Offensive, he returned to New Zealand and was transferred to the reserves.

In 1938, he was appointed as both Adjutant General and Quartermaster General, and shortly afterwards suspended four of his fellow colonels who had criticised the government. Following the outbreak of World War II, he was promoted to Brigadier put in command of the 4th Infantry Brigade. After the Battle of Crete, he was appointed Commander-in-Chief of the New Zealand Defence Force, and became the first New Zealander to reach the rank of Lieutenant General in April 1942. He retired from military service in late 1945.

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