Major General Edward Chaytor

Accession Number ART02749
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 35.4 x 24.8 cm (irreg.); image: 32.4 x 21.8 cm
Object type Drawing
Physical description pencil on paper
Maker Lambert, George
Place made Ottoman Empire: Palestine
Date made 13 February 1918
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC

A portrait of Major General Sir Edward Chaytor, born at Motueka, New Zealand in 1868. He commanded the New Zealand Staff Corps and had served in the Boer War. He commanded the New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade until April 1917 when he succeeded Chauvel to the command of the Anzac Mounted Division. His Brigade distinguished itself at Romani, Magdhaba and Rafa and he gained further laurels, in command of the Anzac Mounted Division, when he cut off the enemy East of the Jordan capturing many Turkish units with all their guns and equipment. Gullett (Australian Official History vol VII) says of him, "Chaytor... was one of those rare soldiers who did everything in this prolonged campaign so surely, the roughly and yet so quietly and with such apparent ease that it might be said no task set him between the Canal and Amman was big enough to test his full capacity."

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