A Knight of the Hanoverian Order – a title very rarely awarded.
Pitt was one of the significant military figures in early colonial Auckland. His son and two of his sons-in-law were also military officers in Auckland in the 1840s.
He had been present at the Seige of Badajoz (in Spain, 1812, in the Napoleonic Wars) where Sir George Grey’s father, Colonel Grey was killed.
“The deceased had seen much service, having been engaged at the capture of the Danish West India Islands in 1807, and of Martinique in 1809. He served also in the Peninsula from 1811 to 1814, and was engaged in the most memorable operations of those eventful years, including the battles of Albuhera, Vittoria, Pampeluna, and the Pyrenees, and also the siege of Badajoz.”
– The New Zealander 11 January 1851
Pitt, his wife Susan and eight children arrived in Auckland in October 1847, aboard the barque Minerva. The youngest, Susan, was born in July 1847.
Pitt resided in a house in nearby Grey Street adjacent to Sir George Grey’s residence on Karangahape Road. Pitt’s Grey Street house was demolished in 1944 when the new Central Fire Station was constructed.
Pitt Street had its name changed from Pyt Street, in his honour.
The Grave of Major General George Dean Pitt (who died in 1851) and his son Lt William Augustus Dean-Pitt (1833-1890) lie directly adjacent to William Hobson’s grave in the Anglican sector.