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Arthur Nugent RAGLESS

B: 2nd Oct 1883  D: 5th Mar 1965

Born: Witchelina, South Australia, 2nd October 1883 (SA Births Register District: Frome Book: 314 Page: 106)

Died: 5th March 1965 Daw Park, Adelaide, Age 82.




Father: William John RAGLESS (B:18 Oct 1845 Gawler River, SA. D:13th Nov 1932 Glenelg, SA.)

married: 26th Oct 1881, St Clement Church, Enfield, SA.

Mother: Elizabeth Louisa RAGLESS (nee BLACKHAM) (B:5th Sep 1850 Adelaide, SA. D:18th Jul 1940 Glenelg, SA.


Charles Wilson RAGLESS (B: 17th Aug 1885 Willochra, SA. D: 10th Feb 1917 France)

Eveline RAGLESS (B:13th Jan 1888, Witchelina, SA. D:14th Jan 1888, Witchelina, SA.)

Ethel Ruby RAGLESS (B:26th Jun 1891, The Grange, SA.  D:11th Aug 1924, Stepney, SA.)

Sidney Allen RAGLESS (B:1st Feb 1894, Prospect, SA. D: )


Arthur was born on the 2nd of October 1883 in Witchelina South Australia. Witchelina is the name of a sheep run established by J. Ragless, in 1873. Family history information states Willochra as place of birth however the birth extract information states on the pastoral lease of Witchelina.

His parents were William and Elizabeth (nee Blackham), and Arthur was the oldest of 5 children. His father worked on the family sheep run.

On the electoral roll for 1910, Arthur and his brother Charles, were farmers at Kellerberrin in W.A.

In S.A. directory the Ragless Brothers (Arthur and Charles) had a registered business as pastoralists in Wirrabara.

After returning from his military service, Arthur returned to W.A. as a farmer at Spring Vale, Bullsbrook in W.A. He retired to W.A. where, in 1958, he lived at 20 Cooper Street, Mandurah.

He died 5th March 1963 at Daw Park S.A. and is buried in North Road Cemetery. Arthur never married.

Arthur enlisted in Adelaide on 1st February 1916, and was assigned to the Imperial Camel Corp.

Arthur had several stints in hospital due to injuries and bouts of Malaria. The Red Cross notified Arthur’s mother about his hospitalisation. Elizabeth was very grateful about the notification and the care her son was receiving.

Regimental number


Place of birth

Farina South Australia


Church of England




Wirrabara, South Australia

Marital status


Age at embarkation


Next of kin

Mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Ragless, Blanchtown, South Australia

Enlistment date

1 February 1916

Rank on enlistment


Unit name

9th Light Horse Regiment, 17th Reinforcement

Embarkation details

Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT Kabinga on 8 May 1916

Rank from Nominal Roll

Lance Corporal

Unit from Nominal Roll

1st Battalion, Imperial Camel Corps


Returned to Australia 12 July 1918



1 Feb 1916:

Enlisted AIF WW1, SN 2467, Imperial Camel Corps

8 May 1916:

Embarked Private, SN 2467, 9th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Kabinga, Melbourne

8 May 1916:

Involvement Private, SN 2467, 9th Light Horse Regiment

17 Jun 1916:

Embarked AIF WW1, Trooper, SN 2467, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, Disembarked Egypt and taken on strength at Tel el Kebir, Egypt. Attached to 4 Company, Independent Camel Company.

17 Mar 1917:

Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, Independent Camel Company Bir Kabieuk, Egypt.

5 Apr 1918:

Wounded AIF WW1, Trooper, SN 2467, 3rd Light Horse RegimentEgypt and Palestine – Light Horse and AFC Operations, Gunshot Wound to the Ankle at Abbasia, Egypt.

Date unknown:

Wounded SN 2467

No known land ownership at Farina, however other members of the Ragless family had extensive ownership of land at Farina.

Virtual War Memorial

Enlistment and service records, National Archives of Australia

The information in this profile of  Arthur Nugent Ragless was compiled by Farina Restoration volunteers Mark Roberts and Terrilisa Southon.