Service Number: 1303
Enlisted: 1 December 1914, Oaklands, South Australia
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 16th Infantry Battalion (WW1)
Born: Alness, Scotland, 5 February 1884
Home Town: Wallaroo, Copper Coast, South Australia
Schooling: Fortrose Academy, Scotland
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, Gallipoli, 15 May 1915, aged 31 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Panel 51, Lone Pine Memorial
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing, Wallaroo Heritage Museum Presbyterian Church Honour Roll, Wallaroo Soldiers Memorial Arch, Wallaroo WW1 Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

1 Dec 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 1303, Oaklands, South Australia
2 Feb 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, 1303, 16th Infantry Battalion (WW1), Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
2 Feb 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Sergeant, 1303, 16th Infantry Battalion (WW1), HMAT Clan McGillivray, Melbourne
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, 1303, 16th Infantry Battalion (WW1), ANZAC / Gallipoli
6 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, 1303, 16th Infantry Battalion (WW1), ANZAC / Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

He hailed from Ardnagrask (Scottish Gaelic: Àird nan Crasg), a rural area near to Muir of Ord in Highland, Scotland..He is commemorated as a Sergeant on the Muir of Ord War memorial. He had at one time attained the rank of Lance Serjeant, but CWGC record his final rank as Corporal.The Muir of Ord war memorial commemorates him as a Sergeant. He is one of four Australian soldiers of the Great War remembered there.


Father  John Ballantyne, living in Burnside Cottage, Beuly, Inverness Scotland
26/6/1915 - father lived at Mills Street, Careton (near Sydney)  NSW

younger sister   Miss Isabella Ballantye
                       (living at Burnside Cottage, Beanly, Inverness, Scotland)

Best friend:   Daniel Bernard Ronald
                    (living at Cornish Terrace, Wallaroo, South Australia)

Last lived in Wallaroo, South Australia, prior to enlisting.

Previous service:
3 years in the Royal Navy (boys service) - invalided out before completion

Described on enlisting as 27 years 10 months old; single; 5' 5" tall; 158 lbs;
dark complexion; brown eyes; dark hair; tattoos right hand and left foream and hand.

1/12/1914     Enlisted at Oaklands Park, South Australia
                    Commanding Officer appointed David to 16th Infantry
                    2nd reinforcements,  Morphettville Camp

2/2/1915       Embarked from Port of Melbourne, Victoria
                    on board HMAT A46 Clan McGillivray
                    as a Sergeant in the 4th Infantry Brigade, 16th Infantry Battalion, 2nd reinforcements

5/2/1915       Appointed Lance Sergeant

6/5/1915       taken on strength into the 16th Battalion

15/5/1915     Killed in action, Dardanelles, GALLIPOLI
buried in:      isolated grave, in rest gully, under Plugg's Ridge,
                    right side of road from beach  (chaplains report)

16/5/1915     Reverend G Green stated:
                    "Buried near trench at side of Quinn's Post".

His grave site was never found.

His name is commemorated on the LONE PINE MEMORIAL, Panel 51, Gallipoli, Turkey.

His name is located at panel 78 in the Commemorative Area at the
Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT.

1914-15 Star (14595); British War medal (8056); Victory medal (8016);
Memorial Plaque and Memorial Scroll (309724)

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  23/2/2015.  Lest we forget.