Marcel Touquet

Born at Peret Bel Air in the Corrèze region on 10 October 1914, Marcel Touquet moved to Clichy, just north of Paris, where he began work as a storeman.

He also joined the JOC at Clichy, the parish where the JOC had begun in Paris in 1927. Soon after he began a federal (regional) leader with the Nanterre JOC.

He was called up for military service during World War II and served on the front near Sedan in 1939-40.

He married in October 1942. However, just two months later, he was sent to Germany under the compulsory labour service (STO) scheme even though his wife was already pregnant.

In mid-December, he arrived in Berlin, where he began work in a factory and joined a jocist network organised by Marcel Croci.

Touquet also continued to stay in contact with his Paris parish priest, Fr Louis, who was also a resistance leader. Touquet began to supply information to this network.

He was eventually arrested on 25 August 1944 not for spying but under the Nazi Decree of 3 December 1943 targeting Catholic Action leaders. 

He was deported to the Oranienbourg-Sachsenhausen camp then transferred to Ravensbruck with No. 11403 and finally to Peenemûnde.

Later he was transported in a convoy of locked wagons containing 300 ill prisoners who were abandoned in a forest.

He died there sometime after 20 or 24 January 1945.

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