India General Service Medal 1895-1902, 3 Clasps: Punjab Frontier 1897-98, Samana 1897; Tirah 1897-98, awarded to Lieutenant later Major E.W. McK. Ballantyne, Indian Army, formerly South Wales Borderers, who saw service with the 1st Bengal Cavalry - Skinner’s Horse during the operations in Waziristan which lasted from 22nd October 1894 to 13th March 1895, and was Mentioned in Despatches by Brigadier General Turner both for his pluck and dash in the charges, as well as in going into the horse lines and killing one or more of the enemy who were cu

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India General Service Medal 1895-1902, 3 Clasps: Punjab Frontier 1897-98, Samana 1897, Tirah 1897-98, awarded to Lieutenant later Major E.W. McK. Ballantyne, Indian Army, formerly South Wales Borderers, who saw service with the 1st Bengal Cavalry - Skinner’s Horse during the operations in Waziristan which lasted from 22nd October 1894 to 13th March 1895, and was Mentioned in Despatches by Brigadier General Turner both for his pluck and dash in the charges, as well as in going into the horse lines and killing one or more of the enemy who were cutting loose the horses. Ballantyne then transferred to the 19th Regiment of Bengal Lancers and saw service with this unit during the Punjab Frontier operations which lasted from 10th June 1897 to 6th April 1898, and was serving on the Samana Ridge running in the direction of Samana, and garrisons beyond Kohat from 26th July to 2nd August 1897, and then as part of the Tirah Field Force during its operations which lasted from 2nd October 1897 to 6th April 1898. Ballantyne was serving with the 27th Light Cavalry and on duty with His Excellency the Governor of French Settlements in India when he was awarded the Delhi Durbar Medal 1903. Aide de Camp to the Governor of Madras from April 1904, he died of pneumonia at Marseilles on 27th April 1911. Together with the recipient’s prize pocket barometer made by Callaghan & Co, awarded to him for ‘prize-riding’ in December 1890 when a Gentleman Cadet at the Royal Military College.

India General Service Medal 1895-1902, 3 Clasps: Punjab Frontier 1897-98, Samana 1897; Tirah 1897-98; (LIEUT: E.W. McK. BALLANTYNE 19TH BL. LCRS:)

Condition: light contact wear, Good Very Fine.

Together with a functioning prize pocket barometer made by Callaghan & Co of 25 New Bond Street, Corner of Conduit Street, London. Back plate with presentation inscription engraved to: ‘Royal Military College. December 1890. Prize-Riding Gentleman Cadet E.W. Mc.Ballantyne’. This housed in its Callaghan of London fitted presentation case, the outside of the lid bears the initials ‘E.W. Mc.K.B.’

Edgar William McKenzie Ballantyne was a Gentleman Cadet at the Royal Military College when he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant into the South Wales Borderers on 25th July 1891. Whilst a Cadet at the Royal Military College, he was awarded a prize pocket barometer for ‘prize-riding’ in December 1890.

Ballantyne was seconded for service to the Indian Staff Corps on 3rd November 1893, and then saw service as a Lieutenant with the 1st Bengal Cavalry - Skinner’s Horse during the operations in Waziristan which lasted from 22nd October 1894 to 13th March 1895. It was during this campaign that Ballantyne was Mentioned in Despatches by Brigadier General Turner, ‘Lieutenant E.W. McK Ballantyne, both for his pluck and dash in the charges, as well as in going into the horse lines and killing one or more of the enemy who were cutting loose the horses.”

In 1896 his regiment was retitled the 1st Regiment of Bengal Lancers, however Ballantyne then transferred to the 19th Regiment of Bengal Lancers and saw service with this unit during the Punjab Frontier operations which lasted from 10th June 1897 to 6th April 1898, and was serving on the Samana Ridge running in the direction of Samana, and garrisons beyond Kohat from 26th July to 2nd August 1897, and then as part of the Tirah Field Force during its operations which lasted from 2nd October 1897 to 6th April 1898.

Ballantyne was serving with the 27th Light Cavalry when he was promoted to Captain on 10th July 1901, and he was then appointed a Squadron Commander on 1st May 1903, and in the same year was awarded the Delhi Durbar Medal 1903, whilst serving on duty with His Excellency the Governor of French Settlements in India, he being then appointed Aide de Camp to the Governor of Madras on 30th April 1904.

Ballantyne was subsequently promoted to Major with the 27th Light Cavalry, and died of pneumonia at Marseilles on 27th April 1911. Ballantyne’s award of the India General Service Medal 1854-1895, 1 Clasp: Waziristan 1894-5 is known.