(Service number 7/693)

Aliases Ringin;also spelt Ringan; Ringin is an alternative name for Ninian - born Ninian
First Rank Trooper Last Rank Trooper


Date 3 January 1892 Place of Birth Fairlie, Canterbury

Enlistment Information

Date 2 October 1914 Age 22
Address at Enlistment Rollesby, Fairlie
Occupation Shepherd
Previous Military Experience 2 (S. C.) Regiment
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs Ninian BALLANTYNE, Mossdale, Hunter, Makikihi
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 2nd Reinforcements
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Canterbury Mounted Rifles
Date 14 December 1914
Transport Verdala or Willochra or Knight of the Garter
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Mounted Rifles

Military Awards

Campaigns Gallipoli
Service Medals 1914-15 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 28 August 1915 Age 23
Place of Death Gallipoli, Turkey
Cause Killed in action
Memorial or Cemetery Hill 60 (New Zealand) Memorial, Hill 60 Cemetery, Turkey
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials On Memorial wall, Timaru; Fairlie War Memorial; Waimate War Memorial; Hunter Memorial Tablet (Roll of Honour)

Biographical Notes

Ringin BALLANTYNE was the son of the late Ninian BALLANTYNE and of Mrs Jane Gray (nee HAMILTON) BALLANTYNE, of Oamaru. he was first reported missing on 28 August 1915, then reported killed. Ringin was one of two men originating from the Fairlie district to suffer the same fate in the same battle on the same date, the other being Edgar Joseph Keefe. Ringan is remembered on a marble tablet erected in memory of those who renedered service to their country in time of peril and which was unveiled at Hunter on 2 October 1919.


Cenotaph Database [03 August 2013]; N Z Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5520 0010857) [04 August 2013]; CWGC [03 August 2013]; Ashburton Guardian, 21 September 1915, Oamaru Mail, 21 January 1916, Otago Daily Times, 21 January 1916, Timaru Herald, 21 January 1915, 21 September 1915, 11 October 1919 (Papers Past) [04 February 2014; 05 May 2014; 30 August 2014]; SCRoll Web submission, M Konings, 18 February 2015; McLeod, J D (Sergeant), fl 1915-1917. McLeod, John Duncan, 1887-1938 : First World War diary. Ref: MS-Papers-1382. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.

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