Francis (Frank) Livingston

RankEngine Room Artificer
Medals1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
RegimentRoyal Naval Reserve, HMS Ardent
Military Service

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.

HMS Ardent 1913  From Wikipedia

HMS Ardent 1913 From Wikipedia


18th October 1885, Bowmore, Islay

Death1st June 1916
Circumstances of Death

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
CWGC Information

Son of Jessie Reid Livingston, of 81, Prince Edward St., Crosshill,
Glasgow, and the late James Livingston. Born at Bowmore, Islay,


James Livingston (c1845-1914) & Jessie Reid (c1850-1936) married
1873 Glasgow.

Father's Occupation



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.

1891 Census

School Street, Bowmore, Islay

1901 Census

1 Pollok Street, Kinning Park

1911 Census

Not at family home (81 Prince Edward Street, Crosshill)

Home Address

1916 – 81 Prince Edward Street, Crosshill

Glasgow NecropolisCompartment Sextus Lair 339
Other Memorials

Scottish National War Memorial

Other Information

Livingston died intestate but an inventory of his moveable estate was
registered on 19th March 1918 under the name Francis Macnab

Acknowledgements and Sources

Much 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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