Ernest Orford Ballantyne
Life & Career
Born in Dalkeith, Ballantyne gained ten months' time on passing out of Britannia in July 1892. His first appointment was to the second class battleship Camperdown in the Mediterranean. He was aboard when she collided with and sank the Mediterranean flagship, second class battleship H.M.S. Victoria on 22 June, 1893. On 14 July he was invalided from the ship with Mediterranean Fever. By August, he was ready for service, but this time in the Channel Squadron in the Royal Sovereign.
Ballantyne was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 14 June, 1898.
After a month in command of Surly in mid-1901, Ballantyne served in several cruisers and other large ships as torpedo officer over the next nine years, including H.M.S. Repulse, Hogue, Suffolk, Resolution, Barfleur, Prince George and King Edward VII. He was first and torpedo officer in the last two ships.
Ballantyne was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1910. He served in the dreadnought H.M.S. Vanguard as executive officer from 10 November 1910 to 1 January, 1914 before taking four months in Italy to study the language.
Arthur H. Shirley
|Captain of H.M.S. Surly
16 Jul, 1901 – 15 Aug, 1901
William G. A. Kennedy
George C. Hardy
|Captain of H.M.S. Royal Arthur
1 Jul, 1914 – 23 Nov, 1914
Adolphus H. Williamson
|Captain of H.M.S. Viknor
12 Nov, 1914 – 13 Jan, 1915
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