Robert Hastings Joyce

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Robert Hastings Joyce
Personal Information
Date of Birth Not known 1898
Place of Birth Gates Head on Tyne, England
Death 15 Mar 1987, aged 89
Place of Death Armadale, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 18 years, 1 month
Description 5' 10½" (1.79m) tall ; 143 lbs
64.864 kg
; fresh complexion ; brown eyes ; dark brown hair
Occupation Farm hand
Religion Church of England
Address Jandakot Post Office (Banjup)
Next of Kin Father , Mr Patrick Joyce
Military Information
Reg Number 2675
Date of Enlistment 1 Sep 1916
Rank Lance Corporal
Unit/Formation 44th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement / 11th Brigade, 3rd Division
Date of Embarkation 9 Nov 1916 ‒ 10 Jan 1917
Ship Embarked On HMAT A8 Argyllshire
Date of Return 8 Jan 1919 ‒ 19 Feb 1919
Ship Returned On SS Orsova
Fate Wounded in Action 12 Oct 1917 at Passchendaele
Returned to Australia
Monument Banjup War Memorial
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

War Service

On entering camp, Robert was allocated to the 6th reinforcement draft for the 44th Battalion. However, after 6 weeks he was transferred to the 5th draft and soon after that he embarked for England.

On arrival in England he was sent to the 11th Training Battalion in Durrington. His training is briefly interrupted on 2 Feb 1917 when he was admitted to the a Military Hospital with Influenza.

Robert proceeded overseas to France on 19 Apr 1917 via Folkestone, and on 23 Apr 1917 he and 57 other reinforcements were taken on strength of the 44th Battalion at Ploegsteert. Appointed Lance Corporal on 29 Jul 1917, he was made Temporary Corporal on 7 Oct 1917, before being wounded on 12 Oct 1917 wile in the front line near Poperinghe. His injuries were deemed to be slight in the form of GSW wounds to his chest and buttock.

He was embarked on the HS Ville de Liege for England on 6 Nov 1917, and in England he was admitted to the Edmonton Military Hospital. Passed on to the 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital in Dartford from 10 - 16 Dec 1917, he was given a fortnight's leave before returning to France.

Robert again embarked for France on 1 May 1918 from Folkestone to rejoin his battalion. On 31 Aug 1918 he had an abscess on his old wound and so he was invalided to England and admitted to the Beaufort War Hospital in Bristol.

Discharged by 5th Military District 8 Apr 1919.

Mentioned on page 15 of The Drill of the Foot-Hills 1916 Oct-Nov edition.

Post War

Married Florence Munn in 1929. Electoral Roll entries - 1922 - 26 Newton road, Spearwood, a farmer; 1931 at 83 Queen Victoria street, Fremantle, a bricklayer, with Florence. 1936 - 1949 at 11 Fraser street, East Fremantle. In 1954 - 1963 they are at 2 Dandenong road, Attadale, moving in 1963 to 137 Melville parade, Como. In 1968 - 1980 retired and living at Gordon road in Serpentine


Mentioned in The Drill of the Foothills. On the Banjup Memorial, but not included on the Spearwood Monument.

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