John Balfour (1894–1983) GCMG, GBE was a British diplomat.
Balfour was an Oxford student studying German in the city of Freiberg when World War I began. He spent the entire war in a German prisoner camp.
During his service with the Foreign Office, Balfour was posted to Portugal, Spain (1951–1954), Argentina, Moscow, and Washington DC. A hispanophile, Balfour was an ardent opponent of Francisco Franco's fascist regime.
In 1983, Balfour published his memoirs, Not Too Correct an Aureole: Recollections of a Diplomat.
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