BONVIN, John Alexander

Birth name: 
BONVIN, Jean Alexandre
Unit / Base: 
6 Commando
The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire)
Died : 
Friday, February 26, 1943
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant John Bonvin was killed in action 26 February 1943 in the opening hours of the Battle for Steamroller Farm at El Arousa, Tunisia. 
  • 17 December 1939, Artist Rifles Cadet 163rd OCTU, commissioned Second Lieutenant, Loyal Regiment.
  • 28 March 1942 (Operation Chariot) Section Officer of a demolitions team on board motor launch ML 443 at St Nazaire. Evacuated back to the UK as his ML was unable to land the Commandos on board.
  • John Bonvin was a Swiss national entitled to British citizenship having been born in London to Swiss parents. At the outbreak of war he renounced his Swiss citizenship and travelled to Britain to enlist*.
Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/4.
London Gazette 34755, page 8392.
St Nazaire Society website.
Linked Content below.
*His nephew, Philippe Bonvin, via Forum message from Peter Bowe (No.6 Cdo. website).
Primary Roll of Honour: 

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