Leading up to the First World War, Joynt worked on his own land at Yarloop WA, but unfortunately his Potato Crop was ruined. His health had also deteriorated before he took up some land on Flinders Island, where his farming practices also proved unsuccessful.  Joynt enlisted in the Australian Imperial Forces shortly after the landing at Gallipoli, Turkey.

5/05/1915- Completed Medical Examination Melbourne VIC
21/05/1915- To 8th Battalion 15th Reinforcements Broadmeadows VIC as Lieutenant
21/09/1915- To 23rd Depot Battalion Royal Park VIC
24/12/1915- Appointed 2nd LIEUTENANT
5/04/1916- To Overseas Training Base Egypt ex Australia
9/05/1916- Embarked Alexandria Egypt with British Expeditionary Forces for Marseilles France
19/05/1916- To Australian Division Base Depot Etaples France ex Alexandria Egypt
25/07/1916- Joined 8th Battalion in the field France
30/09/1916- Wounded in Action France ( Gunshot Wound Right Shoulder )
1/10/1916- Admitted 7th Stationary Hospital Boulogne France ex 10th Casualty Clearing Station ex 1st Australian Field Ambulance
6/10/1916- MENTIONED IN DESPATCHES
9/10/1916- Evacuated/Admitted 2nd Western General Hospital Manchester England
16/12/1916- Discharged from Hospital to No. 1 Command Depot Perham Downs England
31/12/1916- Promoted LIEUTENANT whilst in England
6/01/1917- Proceeded Overseas 1st Australian Division Base Depot Etaples France ex England
15/01/1917- Rejoined Unit in the field France ex Base Depot
10/11/1917- To 2nd Army School France
18/12/1917- Rejoined Unit in the field France ex Army School
11/01/1918- Granted Leave England
27/01/1918- Rejoined Unit in the field France ex Leave
28/04/1918- To 1st Division Reinforcements Camp France
26/08/1918- Wounded in Action France ( Severe Shell Wounds to Left Thigh & Buttock )
27/08/1918- Admitted 2nd General Hospital France ex 41st Casualty Clearing Station
29/08/1918- Evacuated/Admitted 3rd London General Hospital England
01/09/1918- Awarded  VICTORIA CROSS
29/10/1918- Promoted CAPTAIN whilst in England
2/12/1918- To Convalescent Depot England
31/12/1918- Discharged from Convalescence to Overseas Training Brigade Perham Downs England
1/03/1919- To AIF Headquarters London England
31/07/1919- Granted extended Leave for Non Military Employment with Pay & Subs – Agriculture & Sheep Breeding at E.Smith, Bransford, Worcester, England
14/08/1919- Admitted 1st Australian General Hospital Sutton Veny England ( Sick )
28/08/1919- Discharged from Hospital & Returned to Bransford property
22/12/1919- Embarked England for Australia per : Themistocles ”
11/02/1920- Disembarked Melbourne VIC
11/06/1920- Appointmet Terminated.

 

Awarded  VICTORIA CROSS

Date of Recommendation :  1/09/1918

” For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the attack on HERLEVILLE WOOD, near CHUIGNES, near PERONNE on 23rd August 1918.  Early in the advance LIEUT JOYNT’s Company Commander was killed; he immediately took charge of the Company and led them with courage and skill. A great deal of the success of the operation in this portion of the sector was directly due to his magnificent work.  When the advance was commenced the Battalion was moving in to support another Battalion.  On approaching HERLEVILLE WOOD, the troops of the leading Battalion lost all their Officers and became disorganized.  Under very heavy fire and having no leader, they appeared certain to be annihilated.  LIEUT JOYNT grasped the situation and rushed forward in the teeth of very heavy machine gun and artillery fire over the open. He got the remaining men under control and worked them into a piece of dead ground until he could reform them.  He manouvred his own men forward and linked them up with the men of the other Battalion.  He then made a personal reconnaissance and found that the fire from the WOOD was holding the whole advance up, the troops on his flanks suffering very heavy casualties.  Dashing out in front of his men he called them on and by sheer force of example inspired them into a magnificent frontal Bayonet attack on the WOOD.  The audacity of the move over the open staggered the enemy and LIEUT JOYNT succeeded in penetrating the WOOD and working through it. By his leadership and courage a very critical situation was saved, and on this Officer rests to the greatest extent, the success of the Brigade’s attack.  When the Battalion on our left was held up on PLATEAU WOOD and was suffering severe casualties, LIEUT JOYNT , with a small party of volunteers, worked right forward against heavy opposition and by means of hand to hand fighting, forced his way round the rear of the WOOD, penetrating it from that side and demoralising the enemy to such an extent that a very stubborn and victorious defensive was changed into an object surrender.  He was always in the hardest pressed parts of the Line and seemed to bear a charmed life.  He was constantly ready to run any personal risk and to assist flank units.  He continuously showed magnificent leadership and his example to his men had a wonderful effect on them to follow him cheerfully to his most daring exploits.  He continued to do magnificent work until he was badly wounded  by shell fire in the legs “.

Date of Commonwealth of Australia Gazette : 14/03/1919

Location in Commonwealth of Australia Gazette :  Page 422,  Position  2

Date of London Gazette : 27 November 1918

Location in London Gazette : Page 14040,  Position  1.

 

Service Medals Awarded

British War Medal – No. 15453

Victory Medal – No. indecipherable on Service File

Victoria Cross

 

Memorial Inscription

Yarloop War Memorial  WA.

 

William Donovan Joynt also served in the Second World War – Service Details under Service No. V80044.

Joynt was a Foundation Member of Legacy and also a driving force in gaining  Government approval and financial backing for the establishment and location of the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne Victoria.