2nd Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (British Army)
Date Of Birth:
21/10/1914 (Killed in Action)
Samuel Ballentine was the eldest son of Thomas J and Elizabeth Ballentine. Samuel was born on 7th October 1886 in Cookstown. By 1901 Samuel was 14 and had left school and was working as an apprentice printer. The family moved to Belfast. Samuel was working in Scotland before the start of the First World War and enlisted in Stirling. Corporal Samuel Ballentine was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders when he was killed in action on Wednesday 21st October 1914. He was 28 years old.
The Ploegsteert Memorial stands in Berks Cemetery Extension, which is located 12.5 Kms south of Ieper town centre, on the N365 leading from Ieper to Mesen (Messines), Ploegsteert and on to Armentieres. From Ieper town centre the Rijselsestraat runs from the market square, through the Lille Gate (Rijselpoort) and directly over the crossroads with the Ieper ring road. The road name then changes to the Rijselseweg (N336). 3.5 Kms along the N336 lies a fork junction with the N365. The N365, which forms the right hand fork, leads to the town of Mesen. The Cemetery lies 3 Kms beyond Mesen on the right hand side of the N365, and opposite Hyde Park Corner Royal Berks Cemetery.