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Robert Sydney BALLANTYNE

Regimental number1627
Place of birthBlack Rock, South Australia
School'Dug out' school, Bully Acre and Yatina, South Australia
AddressYatina via Yongala, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22.7
Height5' 9.5"
Weight145 lbs
Next of kinBrother, Edgar George Spencer Ballantyne, Yatina via Yongala, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date22 February 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll22 February 1916
Place of enlistmentPetersburg, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name48th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/65/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 11 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll48th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mentioned in Corps Orders

Recommendation date: 17 May 1917

Military Medal

Work near Proyart on 8 August 1918 and at Lihons.
Recommendation date: 13 January 1919

FateReturned to Australia 2 June 1919
Place of death or wounding22 April 1893

Military Medal

'For great gallantry and consistency on all occasions that he went into the line especially on August 8 advance on Proyart, and during the tour in the line at Lihons. Lance Corporal BALLANTYNE was a most aggressive fighter, during the August 8 advance he repeatedly led fighting patrols out into no-mans-land and located enemy posts; again at Lihons German Storm troops were opposite the Battalion front Lance Corporal BALLANTYNE by his aggressive patrolling completely denied no-mans-land to the enemy. This N.C.O. has only missed September 18 advance since joining the unit two and a half years ago and has ben noted by all for his consistency gallantry and devotion to duty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 135
Date: 11 December 1919

Discharge date29 August 1919
Family/military connectionsBrother: 1628 Pte William Stanley BALLANTYNE, 48th Bn, returned to Australia, 27 August 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Commenced return to Australia; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Adelaide, 29 August 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death26 December 1953
Age at death60
Place of burialGladstone Cemetery, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, BALLANTYNE Robert Sydney

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