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Chief of the general staff - extension of service

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Statement by the Minister for Defence, The Hon. Athol Tovmley

The Minister for Defence, Mr. Athol Townley, announced that

the Government has approved the extension of the appointment of

Lieutenant-General Sir Ragnar Garrett, K.B.E., C.B., as Chief

of the General Staff for a period of twelve months. Sir Ragnar

GARRETT was appointed Chief of the General Staff in March, 1958

and would normally have retired from that post in February, I960*

He will now continue in the appointment until February 12, 1961.

Biographical Note; .

Lieutenant-General GARRETT graduated from' the Royal Military

College in December, 1921, and has had a distinguished career

in the Australian Army.

During the 1939/45 War he served with distinction in the

United Kingdom, Greece, Middle East and New Guinea and was awarded

the C.B.E. and Mentioned-in-Despatches. Since the War, important

appointments held by Lieutenant-General GARRETT include Commander

of the British Commonwealth Base and Brigadier-in-Charge of

Administration at the Headquarters of the British Occupation Force,

Japan (1947-1349), Commandant of the Australian Staff College

(1949-1951), General Officer Commanding Western Command (1951-1954),

Deputy Chief of the General Staff (1953), Adjutant General and

Second Military Member of the Military Board (1953-1954), and

General Officer Commanding Southern Command (1954-1958). He was

awarded the C.B. in the 1957 Queen's Birthday Honours List.

Lieutenant-General GARRETT succeeded Sir Henry Wells as Chief of

the Generaj_ staff in March, 1958, and was knighted in the New Year

Honours List 1959.

Canberra May 7. 1959 - P.M.