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Ragaert, Georges François

    Nationality:
    Belgian (1830-present, Constitutional Monarchy)

    Biography

    George Francois Ragaert was the skipper of the Belgian fishing vessel Lydie Suzanne (26 tons, built 1936). At the end of May 1940 the Lydie Suzanne carried Belgian refugees to England. After this he sailed four trips from ant towards Dunkirk. On May 30th the ship already had transported over1,000 troops from the beaches to larger vessels. The ship herself sailed 105 persons to Ramsgate on May 31st, 98 on June 2nd and 10 more on June 3rd.
    After having done her job, the ship was blown op at Le Havre. Ragaert himself managed to escape to England and joined the Belgians that operated within the Royal Navy. He served as an Acting Leading Seaman (LT/SB/JX.62) on board the H.M.S. Sheldon.

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    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Master
    Awarded on:
    April 14th, 1942
    Distinguished Service Cross, dated '1940' (Hallmarks for London 1940), reverse engraved 'Georges Francois Ragaert Master, LT/SB/JX';
    Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Awarded on:
    July 21st, 1942
    With corssed anchors, "For the courageous transport of troops from Dunkirk in 1940".
    Croix de Guerre 1940
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Atlantic Star, with France and Germany Bar;
    Atlantic Star
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Awarded on:
    July 20th, 1946
    Ridder in de Orde van Leopold II
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Awarded on:
    May 14th, 1952
    With Bronze Star "For the courageous transport of troops from Dunkirk in 1940".
    Croix de Guerre (1939-1945)
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    With bar "Pugnator"
    Médaille du Volontaire de Guerre
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    With crossed anchors
    Zee-ereteken 1940 – 1945

    Sources

    • - Schepens L., De Belgen in Groot-Brittannië 1940-1944, Brugge, 1980
      - Artfact.com

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