|Date of birth|
|School||Melbourne Grammar School, Victoria|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||St Elmo, 18 Long Street, Elsternwick, Victoria|
|Age at embarkation||26|
|Next of kin||Brother, Capt Joynt, Shoobra Road, Elsternwick, Victoria|
|Rank on enlistment||2nd Lieutenant|
|Unit name||8th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/25/5|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Captain|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||8th Battalion|
|Recommendations (Medals and Awards)||
Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (altered to Victoria Cross)
Work at Herleville Wood on 23 August 1918.
|Fate||Returned to Australia
'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 charrge 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 underr 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 rreconnaissance 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 volunteerrs, 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.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 36
War service: Western Front
Medals: Victoria Cross, British War Medal, Victory MedalAlso served in World War II: enlisted, 26 September 1939; discharged, 10 October 1944, as V80044 Mahor, Administration Headquarters, Puckapunyal, Victoria.
|Date of death|
|Age at death||97|
|Place of burial||Brighton Cemetery, Victoria|
|Sources||NAA: B2455, JOYNT William Donovan|