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Sir William Pulteney
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Sir William Pulteney Pulteney by Philip Alexius de László
Born 18 May 1861 (1861-05-18)
Died 14 November 1941 (1941-11-15) (aged 80)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army British Army
Years of service 1878-1920
Rank Lieutenant-General
Commands held 1st Bn Scots Guards
16th Brigade
6th Division
British III Corps
23rd Army Corps
Battles/wars Anglo-Egyptian War
Second Boer War
World War I
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, GCVO, KCB, KCMG, DSO (18 May 1861 – 14 November 1941) was a British general during the First World War.

Military careerEdit

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.[1] He was given command of 1st Bn 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".[1] After World War I 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.[1]

He was created a KCB, 1915; a KCMG, 1917, and a KCVO, 1918. Pulteney was married in 1917 to Jessie, daughter of Sir John Arnott, Baronet.[1]


Military offices
Preceded by
Charles Metcalfe
General Officer Commanding the 6th Division
Succeeded by
John Keir
Preceded by
New Post
August 1914–February 1918
Succeeded by
Richard Butler
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Henry Stephenson
Black Rod
Succeeded by
Sir William Mitchell

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