Ragnar Garrett, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Ragnar Garrett

Australian general

Date of Birth: 12-Feb-1900

Place of Birth: Northam, Western Australia, Australia

Date of Death: 04-Nov-1977

Profession: military personnel

Nationality: Australia

Zodiac Sign: Aquarius

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About Ragnar Garrett

  • Lieutenant General Sir Alwyn Ragnar Garrett, KBE, CB (12 February 1900 – 4 November 1977) was a senior commander in the Australian Army.
  • He served as Chief of the General Staff (CGS) from 1958 to 1960. Born in Western Australia, Garrett graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon, in 1921.
  • He was adjutant and quartermaster in several regiments of the Australian Light Horse before undertaking staff training in England, which he completed just as the Second World War broke out.
  • Garrett joined the Second Australian Imperial Force soon afterwards, and commanded the 2/31st Battalion in England before seeing action with Australian brigades in Greece and Crete in 1941.
  • Promoted to colonel the following year, he held senior positions with I Corps in New Guinea and II Corps on Bougainville in 1944–1945.
  • He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his staff work. After the war, Garrett served two terms as commandant of the Staff College, Queenscliff, in 1946–1947 and 1949–1951.
  • Between these appointments he was posted to Japan with the British Commonwealth Occupation Force.
  • Promoted to major general, he took charge of Western Command in August 1951, and became Deputy Chief of the General Staff in January 1953.
  • He took over Southern Command as a lieutenant general in October 1954, and was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath in 1957.
  • As CGS from March 1958, Garrett focused on rearmament and reorganisation, initiating the Army's short-lived restructure into a "pentropic" formation.
  • He was knighted in 1959.
  • After retiring from the military in June 1960, Garrett became honorary colonel of the Royal Australian Regiment, and was principal of the Australian Administrative Staff College until 1964.
  • He died at Mornington, Victoria, in 1977.

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