Ernest Orford Ballantyne

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Commander Ernest Orford Ballantyne (21 February, 1876 – 13 January, 1915) served in the Royal Navy.

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.

Returning in July 1914, his appointments in command of Royal Arthur and Viknor had him as acting interpreter in Italian.

Ballantyne was killed when Viknor disappeared on 13 January 1915, presumably mined or lost to a storm.[1]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Arthur H. Shirley
Captain of H.M.S. Surly
16 Jul, 1901[2] – 15 Aug, 1901[4]
Succeeded by
William G. A. Kennedy
Preceded by
George C. Hardy
Captain of H.M.S. Royal Arthur
1 Jul, 1914 – 23 Nov, 1914
Succeeded by
Adolphus H. Williamson
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Viknor
12 Nov, 1914[5] – 13 Jan, 1915[6]
Succeeded by
Vessel Lost


  1. Hepper. British Warship Losses in the Ironclad Era: 1860-1919. pp. 31, 32.
  2. "The Naval Manoeuvres." The Times (London, England), Thursday, July 11, 1901, Issue 36504, p.8.
  3. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Friday, Aug 16, 1901; pg. 6; Issue 36535.
  4. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), [3].
  5. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 401v.
  6. Hepper. British Warship Losses in the Ironclad Era: 1860-1919. p. 13.