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Casualty No.: Ranks: Lance Bombardier Initials: N Service No.: 1609809
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Age at Death: 0
Unit: 218 Battery, 73 Light Anti Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery.
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted: Gateshead, Co. Durham.
Place of Residence: Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Home Address: 1 Garden Terrace, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Previous Address: Ballantyne's Farm, Main Street, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Civilian Employment: Miner, at Clara Vale Colliery.
How Died: Killed as a result of enemy shelling.
Date of Death: Monday 9th November 1942
Place of Death: Dover Castle, Dover, Kent.
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Emma Colliery Memorial, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. St John's Church, Roll of Honour, Greenside, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: -
Overseas Commemorated: -
Buried: Ryton Cemetery, Hexham Old Road, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Decoration and Medals: Defence Medal. War Medal.
Photographs: 2
Service Records: No
Death Notice/Obituary: Blaydon Courier, In Memoriam.
Family Details:
Son of Joseph and Jane Ballantyne, of Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Family of brothers and sisters. The Ballantyne family originally farmed the area off Crawcrook Main Street, where the Church of the Holy Spirit now stands alongside Crawcrook park.
Notes : Norman enlisted in the Royal Artillery in 1940 with two other Crawcrook lads, Joe Campbell, and Charlie Little. All three received two shillings for ' joining up.' To celebrate they spent the money at a nearby public house on Gateshead High Street. (Joe Campbell took part in the D-Day Landings, was wounded and evacuated from the beach). Whilst on active service at Dover and manning an anti-aircraft gun, Norman's gun emplacement took a direct hit by a shell fired by the Germans in France. He and his colleagues were killed instantly. His body was returned home to the village of Crawcrook. He was buried with full military honours.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt Of Honour Register. Army Roll of Honour 1939-45. Information from an Army colleague.
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