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Peter Grant Ballantyne

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Peter Grant AWMM
  • Surname
    Ballantyne AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 7791 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    18 January 1908 AWMM HastingsHawkes Bay AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 20 September 1939 AWMM St Aubyn Street, Hastings, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Jessie Ballantyne, (wife) "Longleat", Waipukurau, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 5 January 1940 AWMM Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 7791 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Eldest son of Herbert Gregory Ballantyne and Edith Emily Ballantyne, of Puketpapu, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand. His father at the time of his birth owned the store at Puketapu and later bought a farm in the area.

    Corporal Ballantyne started school at Puketapu in 1913, passed his Matriculation examination at Hastings Boys High School, and then joined the Army Cadets for three years. At the time of enlistment he was self-emplyed as a farm contractor.

    On the 1st November 1939 he marched out to join 2nd Division, Supply Column at Burnham Camp. He was admitted to Christchurch Hospital on 6th November 1939 until 24th November 1939, returning to Burnham Camp.

    On 16 December 1939, he married Jessie Sainsbury, a registered nurse from Waipukurau, Hawke's Bay.

    Embarking for Egypt on 13th February 1940 as part of the 4 Field Ambulance, Ballantyne was received at Base Reception Depot on 24th April 1940 he was sent to Alexandria to take delivery of ambulances, rejoining his unit on 27th April.

    On 27th April 1940 he went to duty with the Scots Guards at Kasr El Nil. On 7th June 1940 he was promoted to Corporal, and on 3rd September he was reassigned to A Company.

    Corporal Ballantyne was mortally wounded by bomb fragments during an enemy bombing raid on the oasis of Maaten Burbeita, on 19th October 1940 whilst. One other driver from 4 Field Ambulance was killed, and two others were injured; these were the unit's first casualties.

    A Memorial stone, St Matthews Church, Hastings, New Zealand was dedicated Sunday 22 April 1951.

    A Memorial plaque, at Puketapu Church, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand has the inscription: "To the glory of God and in loving memory of CPL Peter Grant Ballantyne, NZASC killed in action 19th October 1940 aged 32 years, greater love hath no man than this, we will remember them". AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    19 October 1940 AWMM
    Age 32 AWMM
    EgyptNorth Africa AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt AWMM XXX D. 16. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Memorial stone, St Matthews Church, Hastings, New Zealand AWMM
    • Memorial plaque, Puketapu Church, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand AWMM

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  • External links
  • References
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 1 (Embarkations to 31st March, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 1: WW2 13 AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM

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