|Date of birth|
|Place of birth||Brunswick, Victoria|
|School||University High School, Melbourne, Victoria|
|Other training||Matriculated, 1906; Senior Public, 1907; University of Melbourne, Victoria (Medicine, 5th yr)|
|Address||6 Barkley Street, Brunswick, Victoria|
|Age at embarkation||24|
|Next of kin||Father, Mr Balfe, 6 Barkley Street, Brunswick, Victoria|
|Previous military service||Served 4 years in University Rifles (Citizen Military Forces), Melbourne, Victoria. Attended Kilmore Camp, 1911, as Private; 1912, as Lance Corporal; Heidelberg Camp, 1913, as Sergeant; Bundoora Camp, 1914, as 2nd Lieutenant.|
|Rank on enlistment||2nd Lieutenant|
|Unit name||6th Battalion, A Company|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/23/1|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Lieutenant|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||6th Battalion|
Unit: 6th Battalion
|Other details from Roll of Honour Circular||
Sergeant Collins reported: 'At Gaba Tepe 25/4/1915. Landing in the morning about 5.20 a.m., just reached beach and a bursting shell killed Balfe instantly. He was in command of B Coy. Came from Australia with informant on transport "Hororata" on 19th [October] 1914. Buried at Hillcrest - Shrapnel Gully - Gaba Tepe. Temporary cross erected. Dark complexion, about 25 years of age, thick set. From Victoria.' Base Records forwarded these details to Mr Balfe, 2 February 1921.
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of death or wounding||Gallipoli, Turkey|
|Date of death|
|Age at death from cemetery records||25|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||The Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 25), Gallipoli, Turkey
The Lone Pine Memorial, situated in the Lone Pine Cemetery at Anzac, is the main Australian Memorial on Gallipoli, and one of four memorials to men of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Designed by Sir John Burnet, the principal architect of the Gallipoli cemeteries, it is a thick tapering pylon 14.3 metres high on a square base 12.98 metres wide. It is constructed from limestone mined at Ilgardere in Turkey.
The Memorial commemorates the 3268 Australians and 456 New Zealanders who have no known grave and the 960 Australians and 252 New Zealanders who were buried at sea after evacuation through wounds or disease. The names of New Zealanders commemorated are inscribed on stone panels mounted on the south and north sides of the pylon, while those of the Australians are listed on a long wall of panels in front of the pylon and to either side. Names are arranged by unit and rank.
The Memorial stands over the centre of the Turkish trenches and tunnels which were the scene of heavy fighting during the August offensive. Most cemeteries on Gallipoli contain relatively few marked graves, and the majority of Australians killed on Gallipoli are commemorated here.
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
|Miscellaneous information from|
|Parents: Matthew and Sarah Balfe, 60 Sydney Road, Brunswick, Victoria, Australia|
War service: Egypt, Gallipoli
Promoted Lieutenant, 1 February 1915.
Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign), 5 April 1915.
Wounded in action, Gallipoli, 25 April 1915.
Now, 25 June 1915, reported as 'Wounded and Missing in Action, Gallipoli, 25 April 1915'.
Now, 1 July 1915, reported as 'Killed in Action, Gallipoli, 25 April 1915'.Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Sources||NAA: B2455, BALFE Joseph Rupert|