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Denver James Fountaine

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Portrait, Weekly News 24 December 1941 - This image may be subject to copyright
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Denver James AWMM
  • Surname
    Fountaine AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    7254 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    4 July 1914 AWMM WestportBuller District AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 5 October 1939 AWMM 106 Derby Street, Westport, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr J.C. Fountaine (father), 106 Derby Street, Westport, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Western Desert AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    7254 AWMM
  • Military service
    Served with Nelson, Marlborough and West Coast Regiment, 1933 AWMM
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) AWMM
      DSO: NZ Gazette, 21 September 1944, citation: "Lieutenant Colonel Fountaine commanded one of the two battalions which took part in the night attack on an enemy position west of the Roman Wall on 21/22 March 1943. The position was well organised and protected by a minefield, anti tank ditches and wire obstacles. Only a limited amount of artillery covering fire was available to support the attack, but despite this his battalion penetrated the position to a depth of over 2,000 yards, capturing its objective in the face of considerable opposition and taking several hundred prisoners. As a result of this attack a bridgehead was gained over the minefield and our tanks were able to exploit the success gained. Lieutenant Colonel Fountaine showed great skill and powers of leadership during this operation and inspired his officers and men by his own coolness, courage and determination." AWMM
    • Military Cross (MC) AWMM
      20 January 1942 AWMM
      The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Fountaine, Denver James. (Ref. WO 373/18/257). Military Cross. AWMM
    • 1939-1945 Star AWMM
    • Africa Star (8th Army clasp) AWMM
    • Italy Star AWMM
    • Defence Medal AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 with oak leaf AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM
    • Efficiency Decoration (ED) AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Days interned
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  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
    Wounded 26 November 1941 AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Commanding Officer (CO) of 20 Battalion, 21 July - 16 August 1942.

    CO of 26 Battalion, September 1942 - December 1943; June - October 1944.

    Commander of NZ Advanced Base, Italy, October 1944 - September 1945.

    Member of NZ Contingent to Victory Parade, London, 1946.

    Honorary Colonel Nelson, Marlborough and West Coast Regiment, 1951-59.

    Col D. J. Fountaine, DSO, MC, m.i.d.; Westport; born Westport, 4 Jul 1914; company secretary; CO 26 Bn 11 Sep 1942-30 Dec 1943, 8 Jun-16 Oct 1944; comd Adv Base 2 NZEF, Oct 1944-Sep 1945; wounded 19 Nov 1941. (Source: Burdon, R.M. 24 Battalion. p.128.) AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    20 November 1993 AWMM
    Age 79 AWMM
    WestportBuller District AWMM
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  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
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Memorials

Memorial

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  • Denver was my friend and I am proud to have known him, I also served in the Territorial Army and through Denver became a Mason at Denver's Lodge Phoenix 1690 E.C. in Westport. He was proud of the service he gave to his country and the men and woman he served with. I am glad I knew him, go in peace my friend
    Public - Andrew John - Friend - 12 January 2016

Sources

Sources

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  • Documents
    • Haigh, J., Polaschek, A. (Eds.). (1993). New Zealand and the Distinguished Service Order. Christchurch, N.Z.: Authors. AWMM
    • Norton, F. (1952). 26 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      Military Service Record AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 1 (Embarkations to 31st March, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 1: WW2 61 AWMM
    • Haigh, J., Polaschek, A. (Eds.). (1993). New Zealand and the Distinguished Service Order. Christchurch, N.Z.: Authors. AWMM
    • Burdon, R. (1959). 24 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.128. AWMM
    • Davin, D. (1953). Crete. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.216, 301-2, 304, 430, 434. AWMM
    • Murphy, W.E. (1961). The relief of Tobruk. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.132, 269. AWMM
    • Puttick, E. (1960). 25 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.273, 324. AWMM
    • Pringle, D., & Glue, W. (1957). 20 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.10, 42, 98, 124, 129–30, 132, 143, 154, 162, 166, 171, 184–5, 208, 229, 282, 287, 289, 290–1. AWMM
    • Phillips, N.C. (1957). Italy. Volume 1 : The Sangro to Cassino. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.53. AWMM
    • Kay, R. (1967). Italy. Volume 2. From Cassino to Trieste. Dept. of Internal Affairs, Historical Publications Branch, Wellington, N.Z. AWMM
      pp.102, 104, 135, 141n. AWMM
    • Stevens, W.G. (1962). Bardia to Enfidaville. Dept. of Internal Affairs, War History Branch, Wellington, N.Z. AWMM
      pp.48, 142, 182, 312, 347, 349. AWMM
    • Walker, R. (1967). Alam Halfa and Alamein. Dept. of Internal Affairs, Historical Publications Branch, Wellington, N.Z. AWMM
      pp.270, 306. AWMM

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