William Pulteney (British Army officer)
|Sir William Pulteney|
Sir William Pulteney Pulteney by Philip Alexius de László
18 May 1861|
|Died||14 November 1941
Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex
|Years of service||1878–1920|
|Commands held||23rd Army Corps
1st Battalion Scots Guards
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
Educated at Eton College, Pulteney was commissioned into the Oxford Militia in 1878. 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.
Pulteney commanded III Corps (on the Western Front) from 5 August 1914 to 19 February 1918. He then headed XIII Army Corps (in the UK) from 20 February 1918 to 15 April 1919. 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.
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.
|General Officer Commanding the 6th Division
|GOC III Corps
Sir Henry Stephenson
Sir William Mitchell