William Donovan JOYNT VC, MID

JOYNT, William Donovan

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 21 May 1915
Last Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Last Unit: 3rd Garrison Battalion
Born: Elsternwick, Victoria, 19 March 1889
Home Town: Elsternwick, Glen Eira, Victoria
Schooling: The Grange Preparatory School, Melbourne Grammar School
Occupation: Farmer, Soldier, Printer and Publisher
Died: Windsor, New South Wales, 5 May 1986, aged 97 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Emerald ANZAC Walk, Keith Payne VC Memorial Park, Winchelsea WWI Memorial, Yarloop War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

21 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 8th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1

Peacetime

21 May 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1

World War 1 Service

7 Mar 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 8th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Wiltshire, Melbourne
7 Mar 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 8th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
25 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, SN Officer, 8th Infantry Battalion, Pozières
30 Sep 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, SN Officer, 8th Infantry Battalion
30 Sep 1916: Wounded Shot in Right Shoulder
1 Oct 1916: Honoured Mentioned in Despatches
31 Dec 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN Officer, 8th Infantry Battalion
16 Apr 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN Officer, 8th Infantry Battalion, German Withdrawal to Hindenburg Line and Outpost Villages
8 May 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN Officer, 8th Infantry Battalion, Bullecourt (Second)
20 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN Officer, 8th Infantry Battalion, Menin Road
3 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN Officer, 8th Infantry Battalion, Broodseinde Ridge
9 Aug 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN Officer, 8th Infantry Battalion, "The Last Hundred Days"
23 Aug 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN Officer, 8th Infantry Battalion, "The Last Hundred Days"
26 Aug 1918: Wounded "The Last Hundred Days", Shot in Thigh/ Buttock
29 Aug 1918: Honoured "The Last Hundred Days", Victoria Cross
29 Oct 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Captain, SN Officer, 8th Infantry Battalion
1 May 1919: Involvement AIF WW1, Captain, SN Officer, AIF Headquarters

World War 2 Service

23 Sep 1939: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant Colonel, SN Officer, 3rd Garrison Battalion, Homeland Defence - Militia and non deployed forces
28 Mar 1941: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant Colonel, Homeland Defence - Militia and non deployed forces

Victoria Cross Citation

For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty during the attack on Herleville Wood, near Chuignes, Peronne, on 23rd August, 1918.
His company commander, having been killed early in the advance, he immediately took charge of the company, which he led with courage and skill. On approaching Herleville Wood, the troops of the leading battalion which his battalion was supporting, suffered very heavy casualties and were much shaken. Lieutenant Joynt, grasping the situation, rushed forward under very heavy machine gun and artillery fire, collected and reorganized the remnant of the battalion, and kept them under cover pending the arrival of his own company. He then made a personal reconnaissance and found that the fire from the wood was checking the whole advance and causing heavy casualties to troops on his flanks. Dashing out in font of his men, he inspired and led a magnificent frontal bayonet attack on the wood. The enemy were staggered by this sudden onslaught, and a very critical situation was saved.
Later at Plateau Wood, this very gallant officer again, with a small party of volunteers, rendered invaluable service, and after severe hand to hand fighting turned a stubborn defence into an abject surrender.
His valour and determination was conspicuous throughout, and he continued to do magnificent work until badly wounded by a shall.

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Biography

William Donovan Joynt (1889-1986), soldier, printer and publisher, was born on 19 March 1889 at Elsternwick, Melbourne...

Having served as a corporal in the Victorian Rifles, Militia, Joynt enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 21 May 1915. Commissioned on 24 December, he arrived in France in May 1916 and joined the 8th Battalion in July. On 30 September he was shot in the shoulder during a raid on the German trenches at The Bluff in the Ypres sector, Belgium....

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