Francis (Frank) Livingston

Engine Room Artificer
1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Royal Naval Reserve, HMS Ardent
Frank Livingston enrolled in the RNR on 16th April 1909. At the time he seems to have been working as a fitter at Howden & Co. He was immediately sent to Portsmouth for 3 months training (21st May – 20th August 1909). His time was split between HMS Inflexible (battle cruiser), HMS Andromeda (training ship) and then back to HMS Inflexible. At the end of the time he was given the rating ERA, his ability and conduct were both judged ‘Very Good’ and he was recommended for confirmation and Second Class Pay. From the June quarter of 1909 he became entitled to a quarterly retainer of £50. This is the only record of naval service before the outbreak of the First World War. At the outbreak of war Livingston was in Britain and was immediately posted to HMS Hecla the depot ship for the 4th Destroyer Flotilla at Portsmouth. From the 26th August he served on HMS Ardent one of the destroyers of this flotilla. By April 1915 the flotilla was serving with the Grand Fleet and, as a result, took part in the Battle of Jutland. [caption id="attachment_2966" align="aligncenter" width="300"]HMS Ardent 1913  From Wikipedia HMS Ardent 1913 From Wikipedia[/caption]
18th October 1885, Bowmore, Islay
Death1st June 1916
Ardent was one of 5 ships lost by the Flotilla during the night action of 31st May / 1st June when the British destroyers encountered elements of the German High Seas Fleet unexpectedly and at short range. Ardent was overwhelmed by gunfire from SMS Westfalen and sank with the loss of virtually all hands.
MemorialPortsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 23
Son of Jessie Reid Livingston, of 81, Prince Edward St., Crosshill, Glasgow, and the late James Livingston. Born at Bowmore, Islay, Argyllshire
James Livingston (c1845-1914) & Jessie Reid (c1850-1936) married 1873 Glasgow.
Jane (1873- ), Catherine (c1880-1952), John (1881- ), Isabella (c1884-), Colin (c1888- ), Jessie (c1890- ), Archibald (1891- ), David (c1894- ), James  
Not known
We first find Frank Livingston working as a fitter at James Howden & Co in 1909. From May 1910 he went to sea as a 3rd Engineer with Maclay & McIntyre who ran a large fleet of tramp steamers. In the next 4 years he travelled the world to Australia, Canada, Europe and especially South America. During this time he gained his Second Class Certificate of Competency on 28th November 1912.
School Street, Bowmore, Islay
1 Pollok Street, Kinning Park
Not at family home (81 Prince Edward Street, Crosshill)
1916 - 81 Prince Edward Street, Crosshill
Glasgow NecropolisCompartment Sextus Lair 339
Scottish National War Memorial
Livingston died intestate but an inventory of his moveable estate was registered on 19th March 1918 under the name Francis Macnab Livingston.
Acknowledgements and SourcesMuch of the information on which this profile is based is drawn from various internet sources which are listed below.  The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis also wish to make full acknowledgement and thanks for the permitted use of any information or images generously supplied specifically for exhibition, publication or display in connection with The Roll of Honour and accompanying profiles to Ancestry (, Findmypast ( Commonwealth War Graves Commission – Family Search – The Long, Long Trail - Scotlands People – The Scottish War Memorials Project – Service Record for Francis Livingston (TNA BT/377/7/72581) Service Record for Francis Livingston (TNA BT 377/7/128091)


Compiled by Morag Fyfe, Historical and Genealogical Researcher for The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis.

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