Diamond War Memorial Project

Private William Alexander (Billy) Ballantine

2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers Regimental Number 10954
Born: ---- Died: 1916-07-01 Aged: -- Enlisted: Londonderry

Name inscribed on St Columb's Cathedral (Church of Ireland) Memorial to the men connected with that cathedral who died during the 1914-18 War. Name also recorded on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France, and on the Diamond War Memorial.

Resident of Fountain Street, Londonderry. Husband of Ellen (formerly Moore), whom he married on January 24, 1916. Son of Benjamin and Sarah (nee Campbell) Ballantine. Son-in-law of Edward and Margaret Moore, 19, Albert Place, Londonderry.

William Ballantine was a member of First Derry Presbyterian Church, and fought at Suvla Bay in the 6th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.

His name was read out at a memorial service held, in St Columb's (Church of Ireland) Cathedral, Londonderry, on Sunday, July 30, 1916, to pay homage to the memory of the men of the city of Derry, who died during the second year of the First World War. His name was again read aloud during a special memorial service held in First Derry Presbyterian Church, on Friday, August 4, 1916, to pay tribute to the Presbyterian soldiers of the city of Londonderry, who had died during the first two years of the Great War. William Ballantine's name was yet again read out during a memorial service in First Derry Presbyterian Church held, on Sunday, July 1, 1917, to commemorate the members of that congregation who, up to that time, had made the supreme sacrifice in the First World War.