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Puttick, Edward (1890-1976)

Edward Puttick was a highly decorated veteran of the First World War who had survived being shot through the lung during the 1918 German Spring Offensive. He led 4 Brigade through the Greece and Crete debacles early in the European war, receiving some criticism for failing to counterattack at Maleme airfield.

Puttick served as chief of staff of the New Zealand Army throughout the Pacific War, becoming the first New Zealand soldier to reach the rank of lieutenant general.

Puttick was known as "The Red Hun" both for his red hair and his compulsive work habits. He was a skilled administrator who got along with most New Zealand politicians.

Service record

1890-6-26    

Born at Timaru, New Zealand
1911-5-1
Second lieutenant
15 Regiment, Territorial Forces
1912

5 Regiment
1914-1-28
Captain

1914-8

New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Samoa
1915-12
Major

1917-10-12     
Lieutenant colonel    
Commander, 3 Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade
1918

Commandant, New Zealand Rifle Brigade Depot
1919-3-13

Posted to reserves
1919-10-1
Major
Receives regular commission. Commandant, New Zealand Forces in Fiji
1924

Assistant Quartermaster-general
1929-10

Commander, 1 Regimental District
1933-10-1
Lieutenant colonel     

1934
     
Quartermaster-general
1937
Colonel Imperial Defense College
1938

Aide-de-camp to the King
1938

Adjutant-general
1938

Quartermaster-general
1939
     
Commander, Central District
1940-1
Brigadier Commander, 4 Brigade
1940

Acting commander, 2 New Zealand Expeditionary Force
1940

Commander, 4 Brigade
1941-8 Major general
Chief of General Staff, New Zealand Military Forces
1942-4
Lieutenant general     

1945

Retires
1976-7-25

Dies at Hamilton, New Zealand

References

Auckland War Memorial Museum (accessed 2012-1-9)

Generals.dk (accessed 2012-1-9)

New Zealand History Online (accessed 2012-1-9)

The Encyclopedia of New Zealand (accessed 2012-1-9)



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