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Thomas Tait Pitman
Born (1868-12-22)22 December 1868
Died 8 March 1941(1941-03-08) (aged 72)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Major-General
Commands held 4th Cavalry Brigade
2nd Cavalry Division
Battles/wars Second Boer War
First World War
Awards Companion of The Most Honourable Order of the Bath
Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George

Major-General Thomas Tait Pitman CB CMG JP (born 22 December 1868, died 8 March 1941) was a British cavalry officer, who was a general officer during the First World War[1][2]

Personal lifeEdit

Thomas Tait Pitman was born on 22 December 1868, the son of Frederick Pitman, Writer to the Signet, Edinburgh. He was one of eight brothers, including Frederick Islay Pitman and Charles Murray Pitman. In 1920 he married Violet Mary, only daughter of Sir Michael Lakin, 1st Baronet. He died on 8 March 1941.[3]

Military careerEdit

He entered the army in 1889 and served with the 11th (Prince Albert's Own) Hussars for 26 years first seeing service in the North West Frontier campaign, then the Second Boer War. By the outbreak of the First World War, he a Lieutenant-Colonel commanding the 11th Hussars and took them to the Western Front in August 1914. He was wounded at the Battle of Messines (1914).[4] Later, he commanded the 4th Cavalry Brigade (1915–16)[5] and the 2nd Cavalry Division (1918–19).[6]

He was appointed Companion of The Most Honourable Order of the Bath (CB) in 1915 and Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG)[Clarification needed] in 1918 and mentioned in despatches six times.[3] He was Hon. Colonel of the 11th Hussars from 17 February 1926 to 9 October 1939.[7]


  1. "PITMAN, Maj.-Gen. Thomas Tait". Who Was Who. A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2015. April 2014. Retrieved 10 March 2015. 
  2. "Obituaries". London, England. 13 March 1941. Retrieved 10 March 2015. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Person Page - 49356". The Peerage. 1 September 2013. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  4. "Lieutenant-Colonel T T Pitman 1914". The British Empire. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  5. Becke 1935, p. 10
  6. Becke 1935, p. 9
  7. "11th (Prince Albert's Own) Hussars 1840 - 1969". The British Empire. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 


  • Becke, Major A.F. (1935). Order of Battle of Divisions Part 1. The Regular British Divisions. London: His Majesty's Stationery Office. ISBN 1-871167-09-4. 

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