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Name: Robert BALANCE
Casualty No.: Ranks: Lance Corporal Initials: R Service No.: PO/605 S
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Lamplugh, Cumberland. Age at Death: 26
Unit: 'A' Company, 2nd Royal Marine Bn, Royal Marine Light Infantry, Royal Naval Division.
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted:
Place of Residence: Clara Vale, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Home Address: 2 South View, Clara Vale, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Previous Address: Cottages Reading Rooms, Waider, Cumberland.
Civilian Employment: Miner at Clara Vale Colliery.
How Died: Killed in action
Date of Death: Saturday 28th April 1917
Place of Death: Arras sector, France.
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Clara Vale Colliery Memorial, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. St Mary and St Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Church, Roll of Honour, Stella, Blaydon on Tyne, Co. Durham. Ryton Social Club, Roll of Honour, Cross House, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham (the son of a club member).
UK Commemorated: -
Overseas Commemorated: Arras Memorial, Pas-de-Calais, France. Reference Bay 1
Buried: No known grave
Decoration and Medals:
Photographs: 2
Service Records: Yes
Death Notice/Obituary:
Family Details:
Robert was the son of John and Eliza J Ballance, of 2 South View, Clara Vale, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Robert's brother, John Ballance, was commended by the King in 1941, aged 28 years, married and living in London; John was serving as a Special Constable. His award was given for saving lives during an enemy air raid. He also, at one time, worked as a miner at Clara Vale Colliery. Another brother, James, served as a Gunner in the Royal Navy during World War 2. Sisters were, Rose A, Isabella, Eliza J, and Polly
Notes : Embarked Royal Marine Brigade (Portsmouth Bn), 3rd December, 1914 to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register. Information from a family member.
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