THE PRO PATRIA PROJECT
FOUNTAINE Denver James
7254, Lieutenant Colonel, 26 Battalion, NZ Infantry

CITATION
Distinguished Service Order
Gazetted
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 battalionpenetrated the position to a depth of over 2000 yards capturing its objective in the face of considerable opposition and taking several hundred prisoners.  As a result of this attack a bridge-head 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

Military Cross
Gazetted


AWARDS
Distinguished Service Order
Military Cross
1939-45 Star
Africa Star
     8th Army
Italy Star
Defence Medal
War Medal 1939-45
New Zealand War Service Medal
Efficiency Decoration

NOTES
Born 4 July 1914, Westport, New Zealand
Died 20 November 1993, Westport, New Zealand