This Sergeant had a long career in the NZDF. He served in overseas in Bosnia, Solomon Islands and Afghanistan. This DDPM uniforms is one of the earlier ones with the brown swirl buttons. This shirt was probably his coming home uniform as it doesn’t have much wear though the trousers do have a bit more so could have seen a bit more of Afghan than just Bagram.
Was lucky to get hold of this NZ manufactured 2012 trial Multi Terrain Pattern (MTP) uniform. This pattern did not end up getting accepted and when the NZDF moved from the old DPM they chose to go with the Multi Terrain Camouflage (MCU). NZ’ers SAS did wear MTP in Afghanistan but I believe this was of Australian manufacture.
NZ413759 Cyril Foster JOHNSON.
Born 23/07/1918 in Maryport, England. Enlisted in the RNZAF 06/07/1941. Promoted to Flying Officer 15/08/1943, Flight Lieutenant 15/02/1945. Served overseas 14/08/1941 to 30/10/1943. Trade was as a Wireless Operator Air Gunner. On 10/07/1942 was acting
as a rear gunner in a Hampton (AJ989) air craft which took off from 32 Operational Training Unit Patricia Bay, British Columbia, Canada. The starboard engine caught fire and the aircraft crashed into the sea off Sidney Island. Johnson was instrumental in saving
the lives of two other members of the crew (the observer and wireless operator). For his courage he was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM). Was reported to be the 7th BEM awarded to
a kiwi airman in the War. Arrived back in NZ 30/10/1943. Transferred to Reserve of Officers list 11/11/1947. His commission was terminated 07/02/1957. Was issued the Defence Medal, War Medal 1939-45 & NZ War Service Medal. Not entitled to 1939-45 Star but issued
the ribbon while still in service. Died 29/06/1998.
The jacket is Canadian tailored, most of the RCAF buttons have been replaced though one of small buttons on the the lower pocket remains.
The Wireless Operator Air Gunner qualification half wing is a conversion of a RCAF wing. The ribbons are, from left to right, British Empire Medal, 1939-45 Star, Defence Medal and War Medal 1939-45.
The Army Service Corps white distinguishing patch is a Japanese made silk patch. The slip on NZ shoulder titles are the late war screen printed type.
Born Westport, NZ in 1914. Enlisted in the 2nd NZEF 05/10/1939. Occupation at time of enlistment was company secretary. Embarked as a Lieutenant. Promoted to Captain with the 20th Battalion 1941. Was wounded 26/11/1941 at the attack on Bel hamed. Was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and Commanding Officer of 20 Battalion on 20/07/1942. Was latter made Commanding Officer of 26th Battalion in September 1942 and Colonel and Commander NZ Advanced Base Italy in October 1944. Was discharged in September 1945. Was a member of the NZ Contingent to the Victory parade in London in 1946. Was made Honorary Colonel Nelson Marlborough and West Coast Regiment 1951 to 1959. Medals awarded were the Distinguished Service order, Military Cross, Mention in Dispatches, 1939-45 Star, Africa Star with 8th Army clasp, Italy Star, Defence Medal, War Medal 1939-45, NZ War Service Medal and Efficiency Decoration and clasp. Citation for the DSO “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.” His Military Cross citation is pretty good too “This Officer showed outstanding qualities of leadership and command throughout the operations when his company was attacked by seven tanks on the Bardia Road on 22 November 1941, he extricated it with small loss from what appeared to be a desperate position and latter in the same day made a brilliantly successful attack with his company. At Bir Cleta on 23 November 1941 he led his company with equal dash and spirit in attack and again in the night attack on Bel Hamed on 25 November 1941 led his company to the assault with great gallantry. He had just succeeded to command of the Battalion when he was wounded. This officer also did outstanding work in the attack on Meleme in Crete on 22 May 1941.” He died at Westport on 20/11/1993.