Joffre Street was named after Marshal Joseph Joffre (1852-1931)
… who joined the French Army in 1870 and was in charge of a battery during the siege of Paris in that year. He rose through the ranks to be French Chief of Staff in 1914 and the following year became Commander in Chief. He spent the rest of the war as Commander of the Allied War Council but removed from strategy and planning.
He was renowned as a methodical, even mathematical tactician whose speciality was wearing down by attrition the German invaders in France. Joffre has been criticised by some for his lack of vision when it came to the German Schlieffen Plan which invaded through Belgium. Joffre expected the attack to come through Alsace Lorraine to the south.
He was promoted to Marshal of France in 1918 and in 1919 an Honorary OM.