Joynson, Peter

Age: 19
Date of birth: 22nd June 1920

Parents: Major Laurence Bright Joynson and Ethel Vera Joynson nee Bullock.
Wife: Single
Address: 62 Emscote Road, Warwick

Occupation: Career soldier

Peter was educated at Emscote Prep School and then Warwick School. He has a keen sportsman and excelled at shooting, rugby and boxing.

The 1939 Register shows that Peter had two younger brothers, living at home – Michael (born 1923) and Robert (born 1926). His father was, at the time, working as an Electrical Installation Contractor. He also still had links with the Yeomanry and volunteered as a Special Constable.

Warwick Advertiser 14th June 1940

Military Service

Rank & Number: Lance Corporal, 5336849
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment
Brigade/Division: 6th Infantry Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division
Date of death: 25th May 1940
Cause of death/Battle: Killed in action
Commemorated/Buried: Buried in Haverskerque British Cemetery, Nord, France. Row EE. Grave 12.
Commemorated locally at: St Paul's Church, All Saints Church, Warwick School

Peter’s father, Laurence, achieved the rank of Major with the Warwickshire Yeomanry. He served in Egypt in the First World War.

Peter was a Sergeant in the Officer Corps at Warwick School – he went on to enlist in September 1938, and left with the British Expeditionary Force a year later in September 1939.


  • Unlocking Warwick Research Group
  • Warwick Advertiser excerpt courtesy of Warwickshire County Record Office
  • Cemetery photograph courtesy of Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC)

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