James (Joe) BALSDON



Service Number: 2274
Enlisted: 13 September 1915, Enlisted at West Maitland, NSW
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 30th Infantry Battalion
Born: Blyth, England, 1889
Home Town: Weston, Cessnock, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Miner
Died: Died whilst prisoner of War, Fromelles, France, 19 July 1916
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorial details as at 19 July 2018 to be ascertained Believed to have no known grave. Fellow soldier stated he saw James deceased in No Man's Land but his name appeared on a German list of names of those who died while Prisoners of War , Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Ballarat Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, Kurri Kurri War Memorial, V.C. Corner Australian Cemetery Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

13 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2274, 30th Infantry Battalion, Enlisted at West Maitland, NSW
11 Mar 1916: Embarked Private, SN 2274, 30th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Orsova, Sydney
11 Mar 1916: Involvement Private, SN 2274, 30th Infantry Battalion
Date unknown: Involvement 30th Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Mrs Margaret Balsdon, Seventh Street, Weston, New South Wales

Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Son of Margaret Balsdon of Seventh Street, Weston, NSW; brother of Russell Henry Balsdon who was killed serving in the 30th Battalion, Blanche Mary Balsdon of Weston later known as Blanche Yeomans, NSW and Mrs A.B. O'Connor of 42 Gipps Street, Melbourne, Vic

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal