|Place||Middle East: Ottoman Empire, Turkey, Dardanelles, Gallipoli, Anzac Area (Gallipoli), Anzac Beaches Area|
|Object type||Black & white - Print silver gelatin|
First World War, 1914-1918
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Studio portrait of Lieutenant (Lt) John Rupert Balfe of Brunswick, Victoria. At the outbreak of ...
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.