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Edward Puttick

Portrait of Major Edward Puttick. Image sourced from Imperial War Museums' 'Bond of Sacrifice' collection. ©IWM HU 117263

Portrait of Major Edward Puttick. Image sourced from Imperial War Museums' 'Bond of Sacrifice' colle …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Edward AWMM
  • Surname
    Puttick AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    The Red Hun AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWI 23/5 AWMM
    • WWI 1/554 AWMM
    • WWII 6190 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    26 June 1890 AWMM TimaruCanterbury AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • Pre 5 August 1914 AWMM Thornleigh, 49 Boulcott Street, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
    • Pre 1 October 1919 AWMM 25 Matai Rd, Hataitai, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • John Prior Puttick (father), Oamaru, New Zealand AWMM
    • Mrs Irene Lillian Puttick (wife), 25 Matai Rd, Hataitai, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Pre 15 August 1914 AWMM Single AWMM
    • Pre 9 October 1915 AWMM Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Samoa AWMM
    • France and Germany (TBC) AWMM
    • Passchendaele AWMM
    • Greece AWMM
    • 1941 Crete AWMM
    • 1914-1916 Egypt AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWI 23/5 AWMM
    • WWI 1/554 AWMM
    • WWII 6190 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Attended a course at the Imperial War College, London, 1937 AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 10 inches AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      brown AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      red AWMM
    • Wounds Diseases Etc., WWI AWMM
      Shot in the lung during the German spring offensive, 27 March 1918 AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of John Prior and Rachel (Orpen) Puttick of the United Kingdom.

    In WWI, Puttick first served with the Samoan Advance Party in Samoa, August 1914 - April 1915. After returning to New Zealand, he embarked again with 1 New Zealand Rifle Brigade (NZRB) for Egypt.

    Promoted to Major, December 1915.

    Promoted to Lt Colonel and Commanding Officer (CO) of 3 Battalion, NZRB, 12 October 1917.

    CO of 4 & 5 (Reserve) Battalions.

    After recovering from wounds in 1918, he served as Commandant of the New Zealand Rifle Brigade Depot.

    Puttick married Irene Lillian Dignan in Epsom, Auckland, New Zealand on 31 January 1919. They had three daughters.

    Commanded 4 NZ Infantry Brigade, Greece, January 1940 - August 1941.

    Returned to New Zealand and served as Chief of General Staff (CGS), New Zealand Forces, August 1941 - December 1945.

    Promoted to Lt General, April 1942. First New Zealand-born soldier to attain this rank.

    After WWII, Puttick wrote the official history for 25 Battalion, 2 New Zealand Expeditionary Force. It was published in 1960.

    He was buried with full military honours AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    25 July 1976 AWMM
    Age 86 AWMM
    HamiltonWaikato AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Karori Cemetery, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Evening Post, 26 July 1976. AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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