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Lieut. Joseph Balfe 6 Bn AIF (KIA 25/4/15)

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    Posted: 09 Nov 2010 at 11:58

A 25-year-old infantry officer who had interrupted his medical studies at the University of Melbourne to join the AIF, Balfe was killed leading a company of the 6th Battalion at the landing. One of his corporals reported: “He was leading, and very keen. Two of his party came back and said he was killed, but could not bring his body back. We had to retire that evening.”

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Studio portrait of Lieutenant (Lt) John Rupert Balfe of Brunswick, Victoria. At the outbreak of war he was a medical student at Melbourne University (MU) and had served four years with the MU Rifles rising to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. He applied for and was granted a commission in the 6th Battalion AIF on 24 August 1914 and embarked at Melbourne on HMAT Hororata on 19 October 1914. Lt Balfe was killed by a shell burst shortly after landing at Gallipoli in the early morning of 25 April 1915 and was buried at Shrapnel Gully. He was 25 years of age.
His AWM Roll of Honour page may be located here;
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