Ragnar Garrett

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Sir Alwyn Ragnar Garrett
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Brigadier A. R. Garrett (1944)
Born 12 February 1900
Northam, Western Australia
Died 4 November 1977(1977-11-04) (aged 77)
Mornington, Victoria
Allegiance  Australia
Service/branch Australian Army
Years of service 1921–1960
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held Chief of the General Staff
Staff College, Queenscliff
8th Infantry Brigade
2/31st Battalion
Battles/wars Second World War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Mentioned in Despatches

Lieutenant General Sir Alwyn Ragnar Garrett KBE, CB (12 February 1900 – 4 November 1977) was a senior officer in the Australian Army who served as Chief of the General Staff (1958–1960).

Military career[edit]

Brigadier Garrett standing next to Masatane Kanda at the official surrender ceremony on September 8, 1945

Educated at Guildford Grammar School, Garrett graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon into the Australian Light Horse in 1921.[1]

He served in World War II becoming Commanding Officer of a battalion of the Australian Imperial Force in 1940.[1] The following year he fought in Greece and Crete with 19th Brigade and in 1943 he was deployed to New Guinea and Bougainville.[1] He completely re-organised the Forces in New Guinea.[2]

After the War he became Brigadier in Charge of Administration for the British Commonwealth Occupation Force in Japan and in 1949 he was made Commandant of the Staff College, Queenscliff.[1] He went on to be General Officer Commanding Western Command in 1951, Deputy Chief of the General Staff in 1953, and GOC Southern Command in 1954.[1] He was appointed Chief of the General Staff in 1958 and retired in 1960.[1]

Later he became Principal of the Australian Administrative Staff College and in that role lobbied for the Army to have a Division ready for war at all times.[3]


In 1925 he married Shirley Lorraine Hunter.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Alwyn Ragnar Garrett Australian Dictionary of Biography
  2. ^ Awards for Service in Papua-New Guinea The Argus, 20 July 1945
  3. ^ General urges Army to "ready" Division Sydney Morning Herald, 5 November 1963
Military offices
Preceded by
Lieutenant General Sir Henry Wells
Chief of the General Staff
1958 – 1960
Succeeded by
Lieutenant General Sir Reg Pollard