Lieutenant Jean RENAUD

commissioned as Lieutenant Jean RENARD

Photo - Guy Belot

Jean Renaud was born 4 December 1903 in Cluny (71) in the Saône-et-Loire département, the son of Jean-Marie Renaud and Jéanne Renaud (née Panel). After a local education he underwent his national service in a pioneer unit of the French Army in the early 1920’s where he attained the rank of maréchal des logis (sergeant).  Returning to civilian life, he established a funeral director’s business on the corner of the rue de l’Hôpital and rue Prud’hon in Cluny and in 1926 married Henriette Pornet, raising a family of three children, Marthe, Suzanne and Jean born in 1933, 1936 and 1942 respectively.


When war broke out in 1939 he was called up for the French Army and volunteered to serve at the front.  He was taken prisoner of war by the Germans in June 1940 and held in Frontstälag 154, a P.O.W. camp  in Fourchambault (58), from which he escaped at the end of 1940........[Remainder of case study is complete - contact author for further details].

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