Bonnett, Jack Robert (J. R.)

Rank Petty Officer
Service # A5688
Unit # R.C.N.V.R.
Resident Chatham
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Originally joined the Army [A5688], and transferred to the RCNVR.  The son of Captain and Mrs. F. W. Bonnett of Chatham. Captain Bonnett was training officer of the 2nd Kents.

Trained in Canada. He was transferred to the RCNVR. The son of Captain and Mrs. F. W. Bonnett of Chatham. Captain Bonnett was training officer of the 2nd Kents. While serving aboard the minesweeper HMCS Godrich they rescued forty-four men at sea “during the worst storm of the war”. L/S Bonnett was coxswain of the sea-boat launched to make the rescue. The violence of the storm broke in half a torpedoed tanker which had been under tow leaving the 44 men stranded on the stern of the ship, the forward section sank immediately with the loss of eleven crewmen. It had taken the Godrich three days to locate the wreck and rescue the remaining crew. According to the crew of Godrich the survivors were in a “most pitiful” state. The crew could not go below deck due to it being unsafe and being trapped should it sink.  As a result, all stayed on deck through the bitter storm ready to launch a sea boat at a moments notice.  Many of the crew suffered frost-bitten hands and feet and exposure. L/S Bonnett was able to ‘rescue’ a lamp from the stricken tanker as a souvenir.  CDN18/03/44

Transferred then to the Corvette Mayflower. Was on Convoy Duty on D-Day.

Discharged October 1945.

Robert passed away 19 July, 2013.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Sources IODE(P), CC-HR
When Enlisted January 1941
Next of Kin Mother- Mrs. F. W. Bonnett

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