Biography

Birth date: 19 March 1889
Birth place: Australia: Victoria, Elsternwick
Death date: 05 May 1986
Death place: Australia: New South Wales, Windsor
Final rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Service number: First World War, 1914-1918
V80044 - Second World War, 1939-1945
Unit: 8th Australian Infantry Battalion

Donovan Joynt (1889-1986) enlisted in Melbourne in May 1915. Posted to France as an officer, he was wounded in September 1916. In an attack at Herleville Wood on 23 August 1918, with his own company commander dead, and the leading battalion shaken and reduced by heavy losses, Joynt took charge. At one point he located the source of heavy machine-gun fire from a wood and led a bayonet attack on it. He continued to fight and provide vital leadership and inspiration until wounded by a shell.

After the war Joynt founded a printing and publishing company in Melbourne. He served again during the Second World War. A prominent veteran, he was aged 97 when he died.

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Rolls and Awards

  • Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
  • Date of embarkation: 07 March 1916
  • Place of embarkation: Melbourne
  • Recommended for: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 8th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Recommended for: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 8th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Awarded: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 8th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

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Timeline

Date of birth 1889-03-19
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 1915-05-21 Enlisted at Melbourne.
Date promoted 1915-12-24 Appointed to 2nd Lieutenant and posted to 8 Battalion.
Date of embarkation 1916-03-07
Date wounded 1916-09-30 Wounded during a successful night raid on enemy trenches and for his services was commended in Divisional Orders.
Date promoted 1916-12-31 Promoted to Lieutenant.
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918-09-01
Date promoted 1918-10-29 Promoted to Captain.
Other 1920-06-11 Appointment to AIF ended.
Date of death 1986-05-05