The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Joynes
First Name:
Colin
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX9297
Company:
'C' Company
Enlisted:
30.10.1940
DOB:
15.01.1914
Place of Birth:
Wagin, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Arthur Thomas Joynes
Mothers's Name:
Annie Joynes
Religion:
Roman Catholic
Pre-war Occupation:
Farmer
Memorial:
Epitaph, Labuan Memorial, Panel 18, Age 31.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi
Force:
‘B’ Force Borneo
POW#:
860
Cause of Death:
Not stated by Japanese
Place of Death:
Sandakan No. 2 Camp
Date of Death:
7.06.1945

General Description

Prior to his enlistment Colin Joynes was living at Jitarning 22 km south-west of Kulin, however within Kulin Shire.

Although Colin’s cause of death was not recorded by his Japanese guards, it must be surmised he died of illness or at the hands of his captors.

We salute you Colin Joynes.  It was through your bravery, sheer determination and strength of character you were able to survive years of starvation, mindless brutality and total terror at the hands of your Japanese captors and witness the sadistic death of your mates until June 1945.

‘WX9297 Private Colin Joynes, 2/4th Machine Gun Battalion, Australian Infantry. He was one of over 2000 Allied prisoners of war (POW) held in the Sandakan POW camp in north Borneo, having been transferred there from Singapore as a part of B Force. The 1494 POW’s that made up B Force, were transported from Changi on 7 July 1942 on board the tramp ship Ubi Maru, arriving in Sandakan Harbour on 18 July 1942. Private Joynes, aged 31, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 7 June 1945. He was the son of Arthur Thomas Joynes and Annie Joynes, of Jitarning, WA. He is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial Panel 18. (Photograph copied from AWM232, items 4 and 5. Personal information from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Database.)’

 

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Kalgoorlie Miner.

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Sandakan - Borneo ***
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