Vale- Peter Baggott
We’ve received notification of the passing of Peter Baggott, Radio Operator at Mawson in 1965 and Wilkes in 1967.
Peter died on the Gold Coast on 6th June 2019 aged 82. The funeral will be held on the Gold Coast on Tuesday 11th June 2019.
Email received from Ros Shennan 9 June 2019
Peter Baggott, Obituary
Peter James Baggott was born in Penshurst, New South Wales on 1st July 1936, the son of Leo and Lilian Baggott. He grew up in Sydney, attending Marist Brothers High School in Kogarah. At the age of 17, he signed up in the Royal Australian Navy. After training at Cerberus, he served on numerous vessels including HMAS Barcoo and Quadrant. He trained as a telegraphist. In 1960, Peter signed on for another three years during which he was Leading Radio Officer. Great friendships were formed during Peterâ€™s Navy days, several of whom, like Peter, went on to serve with ANARE expeditions, including Brian Jackson, â€œBlueâ€ McDonald, â€œHoobyâ€ Warriner, and â€œRed Ryderâ€.
Peter received his discharge from the Navy in June 1963 and in 1965 went to Mawson as a Radio Operator. Peter spent 1967 at Wilkes, before returning to Sydney, where he had a laundry at Manly. He then bought a taxi licence in Sydney and later moved to the Gold Coast where he also had taxis. Peter was a great joker and made various appearances at his birthday celebrations in costume. Captain Cook was one such appearance as was a WRAN. Peter loved sport and was a very accomplished tennis player. Later, his sport of choice was golf.
Peter maintained his navy and ANARE friendships, attending many reunions and get-togethers, including most recently the Wilkes 1967 reunion in 2017.
Family, friends, beer and sport were his great loves, not necessarily in that order. Peter died on the Gold Coast on 6th June 2019, survived by wife Peggy, daughters Kelly, Sharon and Tracey and son Kevin.
Email received from Ros Shennan 10 June 2019