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Lawrence Arthur Raggatt

Portrait, Despatch rider, Egypt - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait, Despatch rider, Egypt - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Lawrence Arthur AWMM
  • Surname
    Raggatt AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Snow AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 60307 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    9 April 1922 AWMM BurnsideAdelaide AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Pre 1 June 1940 AWMM Penrose, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs Muriel Jean Raggatt (wife), Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 19 December 1940 AWMM Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Jun 1940 AWMM
    Age 18 AWMM
    Labourer/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

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 foot 6.5 inches AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Hazel AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Brown AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      fair AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Appendectomy in Egypt AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    WW2 2 February 1945 AWMM
    End of War AWMM
    Private AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Lawrence Raggatt was the son of Herbert Arthur Raggatt and Nellie Annie Florence (nee Chappell) Raggatt

      Husband of Muriel Jean (Jean) nee Cameron. They married 22 June 1940, a wonderful marriage just one month short of 67 years. Father of Paul James (dec'd), Judith Ann and Stephen Arthur Raggatt

      Married and on a working holiday in New Zealand when war was declared. He married Jean and said he was 21 when he signed up - he wasn't he was 18

      He left 3 days before Christmas

      Served 4 years 195 days; 3 years 318 days of which were overseas

      His wife Jean served as a herd tester during the war; training at Massey

      After the War Lawrence and Jean travelled to Australia on the Wanganella a troopship and with passengers

      Increased age from 18 years to 21 to enlist AWMM
    • Snows beloved wife of almost 68yrs. Muriel Jean Raggatt (nee Cameron) aged almost 98yrs. joined him and their son Paul James (dec'd 1964) on Nov. 4th. 2019. They now rest together in the Mt. Gambier cemetery. Public - Judy - Child - 7 March 2021 - Daughter
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About death

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  • Death
    7 March 2007 AWMM
    Age 84 AWMM
    MulgraveVictoria AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
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  • My dearest Pop,
    Because you chose to fight your today...we have our tomorrow.
    Thinking of you this ANZAC Day, and countless others who made the same choice for the sake of our freedom.
    Much love and gratefulness,
    Geoff, Shayley Joy and Riley xxx
    Public - Shayley Joy - Other relative - 27 April 2020
  • Pop, today we give thanks to you and thousands of other men and women who courageously fought for our countries. This morning we stood in our driveway with several candles flickering away, reflecting on the bravery, the tragic lives lost ....& just how fortunate we are as a generation to have the freedom we do today. Thank you for your service Pop, you together with Nan were in our thoughts.
    With love and respect,

    Charmian, Trish & Kids xxxx
    Public - Charmian - Other relative - 25 April 2020
  • My precious Dad. I could not be prouder of you as NZ/Australia honour all the service Personnel who gave their all (& still do) protecting our countries. You joined the Infantry of a country that wasn't your own but made my Mum (& your wife of nearly 67yrs) so so proud that you fought with her countries men and women. Today I also honour your own Father (My Grandfather Herbert Arthur Raggatt) who in the 1st, World War spent time in Gallipoli before being Medically Discharged. Through his example you then in turn took up arms in the 2nd World War. Thank you for the many diaries you kept during your years away. They have enabled me (& your precious Grandchildren) to learn about those four years of your life you which you gave so willingly to ensure both our countries were able to continue enjoying the freedom you all enabled us to have. ♥️❤♥️❤ Always loved and remembered Dad.
    Public - Judy - Child - 25 April 2020
  • Pop- this year's ANZAC Day commemorations are going to be the first time in Australia's history since the beginning of ANZAC Day commemorations that we as a nation, will be unable to come together in various communities to recognise, honour and pay our respects to all servicemen and servicewomen who have served or are currently serving in armed conflicts.

    Due to COVID, we cannot march in your stead as part of the usual march in Melbourne from Flinders Street to the War Memorial. We are not permitted to leave our homes unless absolutely necessary, and gatherings indoors or outdoors of more than 2 people from different households have temporarily be banned. So, this year, someone on Facebook proposed that we stand in our driveways and shine a light/torch/light a candle, anything really, that will 'light up the dawn.'

    So like so many others this year in 2020, in memory of yourself and ev
    Public - Jody - Direct descendant - 24 April 2020
  • My dear Dad “Snow” Raggatt is in my heart forever.
    On the 4th of Nov. 2019 his beloved wife Muriel “Jean” Raggatt aged 97 years flew with the angels & after 67years of marriage they are now together again with their dearly loved Son Paul James Raggatt (05/12/46-24/10/64) ❤️
    They will be resting together at the Lake Tce. Cemetary in Mount Gambier Sth Aust. on 5th Dec 2019.
    Forever missed by their family whose lives have been much enriched by these three beautiful people now at rest in
    Gods house ❤️❤️❤️
    Public - Judith Ann - Child - 23 November 2019
  • Anzac Day 2019 and your loving wife JEAN (now 97) and myself think of you with much pride on this day. Thank you for sharing so many memories of your exploits in World War 2 & we honour you along with all New Zealanders on this day. We continue to love and miss you every day. 💋💋❤️❤️
    Public - Judy - Child - 25 April 2019
  • 2018 Another year without you but being able to look at your photos (during your WW11 service today being ANZAC day in particular) just brings you back to us. I sit here with Mum honouring your service to her beautiful NZ in WW2 and am reminded of your pride taking part in three Anzac Parades here in Melbourne. Our lives go on without you but we have our memories.
    Public - Judy (Daughter) Jean (Wife) - Child - 25 April 2018
  • As I sit watching the ANZAC day march here in Melbourne I once again give thanks to the men & women of NZ & AUSTRALIA who gave more than can ever be paid back. Dad I love that you kept your diaries of your time overseas fighting in WW2. I love that you taught me to be so proud of your Dad too (Galipoli) & proud of what the Allies sacrificed for the freedom I have today. Your wisdom, love & guidance is with me every day & I love that I have my beloved Mum (who at 95yrs of age still misses you terribly.) to share my memories of you with. Thanks Dad for being who you were & we celebrate you today.
    Public - Judy - Child - 25 April 2017
  • Anzac Day 2016 memories of my wonderful Father. Always missed but never forgotten. It is so nice being able to visit this site & read all about the service of my Dad in the NZ Infantry World War 2. I will watch the march on tv & wish you were still with us but I have so much pride being the daughter of someone who has left such huge footprints. I can only continue looking after my Mother (his beloved Jean) & this Anzac Day we will raise our glass & thank God that "Snow" was ours.
    Public - Judy - Child - 25 April 2016
  • Love that you were my Dad & I am so proud that you served in the NZIF during WW2. This ANZAC day ( 2015) brings back the memory of you marching in the Parade in Melbourne being pushed in your wheelchair by your Granddaughter Jody. How proud we were to see you front & centre under the banner. Our NZ/Australia countries are what they are today due to the courage of its service men & women (yourself included) who so gallantly served. I miss you every day but am so greatful to have so much of your wisdom imparted to me. RIP Dad and I can never thank you enough. Your loving daughter JUDY
    Public - Judy - Child - 26 April 2015
  • My darling Husband of almost 66yrs. I lost you eight years ago but you remain with me every day. This ANZAC day I am reminded of how you married me & even though you were Australian you joined the NZ Infantry Forces & fought overseas for five years. How proud I was (& still am) of you & when you returned our life together restarted. Your service to the NZ/Australia campaigns helped make these two countries what they are today. Thank you my darling for the wonderful life we shared. RIP Forever your Wife JEAN
  • My darling Dad miss you every day of my life & what better day than ANZAC day 2015 to say how proud I am to be your daughter. I will always remember how proud you were to march with the NZ contingent in the ANZAC Parade here in Melbourne with your grand daughter Jody proudly pushing your wheelchair. You had every reason to be proud. Five years serving overseas in WW2 to make sure NZ/Australia remain the wonderful countries they are today. Thank you for being my Dad & imparting so much of your wisdom on me over the years. If I am only half the parent you were I would be successful. Your ever loving daughter JUDY
  • In loving memory of my wonderful husband of almost 66yrs. Not a day goes by without your ever loving presence being felt by me. Today being Anzac Day (25/4/2015) seemed the perfect opportunity to add to this page. I will love you forever & am so very proud that even though you were Australian born you married me & went to War with my countrymen & women to help make New Zealand the place it is today. So very proud!!!! RIP my darling. Your ever loving Wife............... JEAN
  • To a wonderful man and a great father who gave us and our country more than we could ever repay, loved and remembered forever
    Public - Stephen Arthur - Son - 3 April 2015



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  • External links
    Thinking of you every day my darling Dad but especially today when we remember all our service perso Public - Judy - Child - 25 April 2022 - Daughter Judy
  • References
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      papers (papers from a Service Record eg Record of Promotions, Reductions, Transfers etc) AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      Death Certificate AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 3: WW2 391 AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
25 April 2023JudyMelbourne AustraliaChild
23 May 2021SteveMOUNT BARKERChild
23 May 2021StephenMOUNT BARKERChild
27 April 2020Shayley JoySydneyOther relative
25 April 2020CharmianMelbourne Australia Other relative

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