Company Quartermaster Sergeant Robert Ballantyne

Company Quartermaster Sergeant Robert McHallam Ballantyne, “D” Coy., 1st Battalion Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in Belgium on 22nd August 1916 aged 26. He was the son of Robert and Mary Ballantyne of 13 Victoria Crescent, Selkirk and is buried in Potije Burial Ground Cemetery, Belgium where his Headstone is inscribed ” The Combat’s O’er The Prize Is Won”. He had been a Regular Soldier and had served for 9 years in Egypt and in Lucknow, India. On 21st August the Battalion was holding trenches near the village of Potije in Flanders. This period was described as ” the quietest two months of the War for the 1st K.O.S.B.”. ( His brother George was killed in 1917 during the Battle of Arras – see above )

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