William Pulteney (British Army officer)

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Sir William Pulteney
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Sir William Pulteney Pulteney by Philip Alexius de László
Born (1861-05-18)18 May 1861
Ashley, Northamptonshire
Died 14 November 1941(1941-11-14) (aged 80)
Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Years of service 1878–1920
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held 23rd Army Corps
III Corps
6th Division
16th Brigade
1st Battalion Scots Guards
Battles/wars Anglo-Egyptian War
Second Boer War
First World War
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George
Distinguished Service Order

Lieutenant General Sir William Pulteney Pulteney GCVOKCBKCMGDSO (18 May 1861 – 14 November 1941) was a British general during the First World War.

Military career[edit]

Educated at Eton College, Pulteney was commissioned into the Oxford Militia in 1878.[1] In 1881 he transferred to the Scots Guards and served in various campaigns in Africa including the Anglo-Egyptian War and the Second Boer War. He was given command of 1st Battalion Scots Guards in 1900, 16th Brigade in Southern Ireland on 1908 and the 6th Division in Southern Ireland in 1910.[1]

Pulteney commanded III Corps from 5 August 1914 to 19 February 1918.[1] He then headed 23rd Army Corps from 20 February 1918 to 15 April 1919.[1] He was not highly regarded as an officer, being described by one of his subordinates as "the most completely ignorant general I served during the war". After the First World War he was specially employed by the British Military Mission to Japan until retired in 1920.[1]

He then served as Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod for over twenty years from 1920 until 1941. He was created a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in 1915; a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George in 1917, and a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in 1918. Pulteney was married in 1917 to Jessie, daughter of Sir John Arnott, Baronet.[1]

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Military offices
Preceded by
Charles Metcalfe
General Officer Commanding the 6th Division
1910–1914
Succeeded by
John Keir
Preceded by
New Post
GOC III Corps
1914–1918
Succeeded by
Richard Butler
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Henry Stephenson
Black Rod
1920–1941
Succeeded by
Sir William Mitchell