• George Frederick Joyner

Army / Flying Corps
  • 5th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 2nd Brigade
  • Private

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  • 1914–1915 Star
  • British War Medal
  • Victory Medal
  • Birth

    London, England

  • Enlistment - WW1

    South Melbourne VIC 3205, Australia

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    • JOYNER, George Frederick
    • Posted by FrevFord, Monday, 28 August 2017

    Born in the Oct-Dec Qtr of 1886 at (St Olave Southwark), Bermondsey, London – son of Henry JOYNER and Frances LANGHAM Siblings: Lydia Elizabeth b.1882 – married Arthur BARNARD 1915 NSW – d.1/11/1945 NSW; Joseph John b.1884 – married Florence Religion: Church of England Occupation: Labourer In 1911 George, a General Labourer at a Manufacturing Chemists, was living with his brother Joseph, and their sister, Lydia, at 34 Linsey St, Southwark Park Rd, Bermondsey, London. Later that year he came to Melbourne, Australia on the Demosthenes, departing London on the 2/9/1911. His sister Lydia came to Australia the following year. At the time of his enlistment George was living with William and Rebecca Grace Joyner at 221 Normanby Rd, Sth Melbourne, and his sister was living at 66 Holden St, Nth Fitzroy. The head of the Joyner family at Holden Street was Henry John, and he was the son of William and Rebecca. [At least two of Henry’s sons also served in WW1] WW1: Enlisted at Sth Melbourne on the 17/8/1914, and embarked on the A3 Orvieto 21/10/1914, as Private 235, 5th Battalion (A Coy, 4th Platoon), travelling with the first convoy to join the war effort Disembarked Egypt at the beginning of December Re-embarked at Alexandria 5/4/1915 on the Novian to join the M.E.F. Gallipoli Took part in the Landing on the 25/4/1915 Spraining his knee on the 3/5/1915, he embarked on Gloucester Castle 6/5/1915 for return to Egypt and was admitted to Kasr-el-Aini Hospital, Cairo 10/5/1915 – discharged to the Convalescent Camp at Helouan 15/6/1915 – Base Details 18/6/15 – returned to the Con Camp 8/7/15, then transferred to the 1st Australian General Hospital (AGH), Heliopolis – transferred to the Con Camp 12/8/15 (Gastritis, fluid on the knee) Pronounced fit for service 23/10/1915 Arrived at the Anzac Base, Sarpi Camp, Mudros 18/11/1915 – proceeded to rejoin his Unit at Gallipoli 20/11/1915 – rejoined 26/11/1915 Wounded in action 26/11/1915 – receiving bomb wounds to the head, legs and hands – admitted to the 6th Field Ambulance, then transferred to the 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station 27/11/15 Embarked on the HS Dongala 30/11/1915 for Egypt and admitted to the 19th General Hospital, Alexandria 5/12/1915, dangerously ill Taken of the Danger list 27/12/1915 Transferred to the 1st AGH, Heliopolis 31/1/1916, then the 2nd Auxiliary Hospital 9/12/1916, followed by the 1st Aux Hosp 11/3/1916 Returned to Australia on the HS Karoola, embarking Suez 12/4/1916 – having lost his left eye, and with a cataract on the right eye Discharged from the A.I.F. 29/12/1916 In 1917 he was sent to the UK by the Pensions Department and admitted to St Dunstan’s Hostel for Blind Soldiers on the 26/9/1917 – where he received training in Poultry Farming and Mat Making – discharged 4/1/1919, and returned to Australia per Kanowna On his return home he was at the Caulfield Military Hospital until moving to 138 Victoria St, East Brunswick (1919) Married Rebie Marguerite (Rita) ROSS on the 9th of April 1921, at St George’s Presbyterian Church, East St Kilda Born in 1894 at Port Melbourne, Rita was the daughter of Arthur Ewart ROSS and Rebecca VIVIAN Child: Merle Sylvia b.c1922 – married Bruce JOHNSTON in 1945 Following their marriage the couple lived in Iris Rd, Camberwell Resident of Carinya, Glencoe St, Caulfield 1925 – George was listed as a Mat Maker In 1927 the family travelled to the UK on the Euripides, arriving on the 8th of May, where they were to stay at St Dunstan’s – they returned to Australia on the Oronsay, departing London on the 27/10/1928 Vice President of the Victorian Blinded Soldiers’ Association 1930 War Pensioner – still resident of 13 Glencoe St, Caulfield at time of death Died on the 30th of March 1954 at the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital, aged 67 Cremated at the Springvale Crematorium and his ashes scattered Rita died on the 8/6/1954 at her home in Caulfield – she was also cremated and her ashes scattered The Age (Melb, Vic), Fri 9 Jul 1915 (p.14): FIGHTING WORSE THAN IN FRANCE Mons and Ypres Nothing to Dardanelles “For the first two days I don’t know how the devil I got through without getting blown to pieces,” writes Private G.F. Joyner from Kasa el Aini Hospital, Cairo. “It was simply wholesale slaughter, and our poor fellows were shot down like rabbits. The air was full of bursting shrapnel and machine gun and rifle bullets. I got a bullet through my hat, which only grazed my head, and I was hit four other times, but not hard enough to do any damage. I was in the firing line for five days and nights, working all night digging trenches and firing all day. It was impossible to lie down or think of sleep, as the Turks came at us each night. We simply mowed them down. Twenty volunteers were asked for to dig an observation post out towards the enemy’s trenches, and hold it at all costs. After digging for about an hour and a half the enemy spotted us, and came at us. We were all but goners and nearly cut off, when we got the order to run for our lives. On the way back I came a cropper over some old Turkish trenches, which were full of dead, and sprained my knee. I hopped about for two days, and then got on board ship for Alexandria. I had not had my clothes or boots off or a wash or a shave for a fortnight. We have several men here who fought at Mons and Ypres, and they say that the fighting there was nothing to what it is here.” The Argus (Melb, Vic), Sat 7 May 1921 (p.11): MARRIAGES JOYNER – ROSS – On the 9th April, 1921, at St George’s Presbyterian Church, East St Kilda, by the Rev. Thomas Glass, B.A., George Frederick, youngest son of the late Mr and Mrs Henry Joyner, of Bermondsey, England, to Rebie Marguerite (Rita), second daughter of Mr and Mrs A.E. Ross, of Cobram. The Australasian (Melb, Vic), Sat 5 Mar 1927 (p.55): THE LADY HELEN CLUB LADY PEARSON’S VISIT Blinded soldiers throughout the Empire treasure the memory of St Dunstan’s and its generous founder – the late Sir Arthur Pearson – who when blind himself strove to brighten the future for every soldier bereft of sight in the war. To many men St Dunstan’s proved “a veritable miracle,” for within its walls they found the courage and initiative which seemed in danger of vanishing with their sight. Lady Pearson assisted her husband in all his work, and since his death has been St Dunstan’s president. At present she is touring the world, and on her journey is “looking-up” St Dunstan’s trainees in every place she visits. This week she arrived in Melbourne by the Franconia, and one of her first visits on shore was to the Lady Helen Club for Blinded Soldiers, which was founded by The Victorian Red Cross Society in 1921. This splendid little club is unique in Australia, and blinded soldiers with their wives and families are sure of the heartiest welcome whenever they cross its portals. There are 33 soldier members, of whom about 15 have been at St Dunstan’s, and the club contains charming sitting and smoking rooms, two spare bedrooms, a pretty dining-room, and a big entrance hall, where soldiers’ babies have a happy playground. On her arrival Lady Pearson was received by Mrs J.S. Fraser, who is the hon. secretary of the special after-care committee that looks after blinded soldiers, and a bouquet of flowers was presented by little Meryl Joyner, the baby daughter of a former St Dunstan’s trainee. ………………………………………………… Among the club members who have been at St Dunstan’s are Messrs. Joyner, Glew, Gibson, Frankhauser, McConnell, Lynch, Archer, Mullin, Redmaine, Vanslow, White and Flatt. The Age (Melb, Vic), Tue 11 Feb 1930 (p.6): WAR-BLINDED SOLDIERS Some Remarkable Performances http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/203107580 The Age (Melb, Vic), Tue 9 Apr 1946 (p.8): MARRIAGES Silver Weddings JOYNER – ROSS – Mr and Mrs G.F. Joyner announce with gratitude and pleasure the 25th anniversary of their marriage, celebrated on April 9, 1921, at St George’s Presbyterian Church, East St Kilda, by the late Rev T. Glass. Present address: 13 Glencoe-street, Caulfield. The Argus (Melb, Vic), Wed 31 Mar 1954 (p.10): DEATHS JOYNER, George Frederick – On March 30, at Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital, the dear husband of Rebie Marguerite (Rita), much loved father of Merle (Mrs Bruce Johnston), late of the 5th Battalion – an Anzac. FUNERAL NOTICES JOYNER – The Funeral of the late Mr GEORGE FREDERICK JOYNER will leave our chapel, 1217 High street, Malvern, TOMORROW (Thursday), after a service commencing at 1.30 p.m. for the Spring Vale Crematorium. JOYNER – Members of the Victorian Blinded Soldiers’ Association are respectfully invited to attend the Funeral of their late comrade, GEORGE JOYNER, ……………………………….. The Argus (Melb, Vic), Thur 10 Jun 1954 (p.12): JOYNER, Rebie Marguarite (Rita) – On June 8 (suddenly), dearly loved and devoted wife of the late George Frederick (died March 30, 1954), loving mother of Merle and Bruce Johnston, and beloved ma of Elizabeth.