Henri Joseph Edouard Fontaine

Private Henri Joseph Edouard Fontaine, D138707
Montréal, Québec
Le Régiment de la Chaudière

Private Fontaine is sponsored by La Délégation Générale du Québec en France.
Private Fontaine était parrainé par La Délégation Générale du Québec en France.

Henri was born in Montreal, QC on 27 November 1924 to parents Edouard Fontaine and Maria Desarmeaux. He was the third of five children. He had two older sisters, one younger brother, and one half-sister.

He was an army Private who enlisted in Montreal, QC on 15 December 1942 at the age of 18. Prior to his enlistment he was a vulcanizator with Napolean Laberger, a Montreal tire manufacturer and was interested in returning to the manufacturer and becoming a mechanic.

He was killed in France on D-Day, 6 June 1944, just a few months shy of his 20th birthday. He is buried in the Beny-sur-Mer Canadian Military Cemetery in Reviers, France, along with other Canadian soldiers from Le Régiment de la Chaudière.

He was awarded the 1939-1945 Star, the France-Germany Star, the War Medal, and the CVSM and Clasp. Although hundreds of Canadians died that day, Henri will not be remembered as a statistic of war, but as the brave individual that he was.

We honour all those who died and we will not forget. 

Written by: Suzanne Purser, a student at Garth Webb Secondary School in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.

Rédigé par: Suzanne Purser, un élève de Garth Webb Secondary School, Oakville, Ontario, Canada.

REMEMBER TODAY, REMEMBER ALWAYS.

THIS TRIBUTE PROFILE CONTAINS AVAILABLE BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION ON ONE OF THE CANADIANS WHO DIED ON JUNO BEACH ON 6 JUNE 1944. THE PROFILE ALSO RECOGNIZES THE INDIVIDUAL OR ORGANIZATION WHO GENEROUSLY SPONSORED THIS SOLDIER, AND INCLUDES A MESSAGE OF THANKS AND REMEMBRANCE FOR THEIR SACRIFICE. THIS INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE IN THE SOLDIER’S NATIVE TONGUE AND HAS BEEN COMPILED BY THE LEST WE FORGET PROGRAM AND, IN SOME CASES, THROUGH THE GENEROSITY OF INDIVIDUALS CONNECTED WITH THE SOLDIERS.  DUE TO THE INCONSISTENCY OF HISTORICAL RECORDS AND THE SPARSE AVAILABILITY OF FIRST-HAND WITNESSES, WE KNOW MORE ABOUT SOME THAN OTHERS. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO CONTRIBUTE ANY MATERIAL OR HELP IN OUR EFFORTS TO PRESENT THE BIOGRAPHIES IN BOTH FRENCH AND ENGLISH, PLEASE CONTACT: JBCA@JUNOBEACH.ORG.

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