Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Amos Ragen

In memory of:

Lieutenant Amos Ragen

February 26, 1945

Military Service






Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, R.C.I.C.

Additional Information

Son of John and Ellen Ragen, of Toronto, Ontario; husband of Shirley Elizabeth Jane Ragen, of Toronto. B.A. (Toronto).

Commemorated on Page 556 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information

Grave Reference:

VIII. H. 12.


Groesbeek is located 10 km south east of the town of Nijmegen and close to the German frontier. The Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery is 3 km north of the village and 1500 metres east of the main road to Nijmegen. On leaving the A73 motorway at the junction Overasselt Mook Groesbeek follow directions to Mook. Follow direction signs towards Mook War cemetery. After passing Mook War cemetery continue to the village of Groesbeek to a set of traffic lights. Turn left at the lights onto Dorpstraat passing through Groesbeek. The road name then changes to Molenweg. A Commonwealth War Graves Commission direction sign indicates the right hand turning from Molenweg onto the Zeven Heuvelenweg. The Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery is located on the right hand side, about 1 km after entering this road. On the Memorial in the Canadian War Cemetery at Groesbeek are inscribed the following words:
Pro amicis mortui amicis vivimus, We live in the hearts of friends for whom we died.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Newspaper Clipping – Memorialized on the pages of the Globe and Mail. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Amos Ragen – Lieutenant Amos Ragen joined the Queen's Own Rifles as a replacement officer on 19 Feb 45. He was KIA just one week later at Mooshof, 
Germany leading his platoon of Dog Company.
  • Obituary – This obituary of Lieutenant Ragen was clipped from a Toronto newspaper in 1945 by Mrs. Josie McQuade and preserved in an album.
  • Grave marker – This photo of Lieut Ragen's gravemarker at Groesbeek Cemetery was taken in June 2003.
  • Inscription – A memorial inscription for Lieutenant Amos Ragen found on the Ragen family marker at Necropolis Cemetery, Toronto, Ontario.

Photo courtesyof Craig B. Cameron.
  • Soldiers' Tower Memorial – The Soldiers’ Tower was built by the University of Toronto Alumni Association in 1924 as a memorial to the Great War of 1914-1918. The names of those who died in that conflict are carved on the Memorial Screen at photo left. After the Second World War, more names were carved in the Memorial Arch at the Tower’s base. In total, almost 1200 names are inscribed.  A Memorial Room inside the Tower contains mementoes and artifacts, and a 51-bell carillon serves as the audio element of the living memorial to the alumni, students, faculty and staff who died in the World Wars. The Soldiers’ Tower is the site of an annual Service of Remembrance. Photo: Kathy Parks, Alumni Relations.
  • Memorial Arch – The names of those who died in the Second World War were added to the archway beneath the Soldiers’ Tower in 1949. The name of “Lt A. RAGEN C.I.C.” is among the names inscribed. Photo: Cody Gagnon, courtesy of Alumni Relations.
  • Memorial Room – Soldiers’ Tower, University of Toronto. Photo: David Pike, courtesy of Alumni Relations.
  • Memorial Book – University of Toronto Memorial Book, Second World War 1939-1945. Published by the Soldiers’ Tower Committee, 1993. Entry on page 56 reads: “Lt Amos RAGEN  The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada. University College, BA 1940. COTC. Killed in action in North-West Europe, 26 February 1945. Buried in Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery, Holland.”
  • Photo of Amos Ragen – Photograph of Ragen from Torontonensis, University of Toronto's yearbook in 1940.

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