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Bouguennec, Jean "Francis Garel"

Date of birth:
July 25th, 1912 (Saint-Eloy, France)
Date of death:
September 14th, 1944 (KZ Buchenwald)
Mentioned on:
Brookwood 1939-1945 Memorial (Memorial to the Missing)
Service number:
French (1870-present, Republic)


Once recruited by SOE, Jean Bouguennec was given the nom de guerre 'Francis Garel' something which was often initiated to protect the secret agents' family members in occupied Europe.

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Second World War (1939-1945)
F Section, Special Operations Executive (SOE), British Government
Awarded on:
November 15th, 1945
"This officer began his work with the Resistance Movement early in 1941 in the DORDOGNE area. He was very active in recruiting, forming sabotage cells, finding suitable grounds for parachute supply organisations and in every form of work prepatory to large scale sabotage activities. He was arrested by the Vichy police in July 1941 and imprisoned at MAUZAC. He escaped a year later and came to the U.K. via Spain.

On 23rd March 1943 Lieut. GAREL was parachuted into France to establish a new resistance circuit in BRITTANY. He built up two important groups, one based at CHATEAU DU LOIRE, the other at SABLE.
He organised several receptions of supplies dropped by prachute. With the arms and stores thus received he made a number of successful attacks on railways in his area. In one attack which was personally led by Lieut. GAREL, three locomotives were completely destroyed.

Lieut. GAREL was arrested by the Gestapo in September 1943 and imprisoned at FRESNES. He was later transferred to BUCHENWALD. Since this citation was prepared, it was learned that, after sever hardship and unspeakable torture he was executed on 14th September 1944.

It is recommened that Lieut. GAREL be appointed a MEMBER OF THE ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE, to be ante-dated to 13th September 1944 (Military Division).

Colin Gubbins
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Second World War (1939-1945)
Capitaine (Captain)
Awarded on:
March 9th, 1956
Médaille de la Résistance Française