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Livingstone Murch

More about Livingstone Murch and his life before entering the Navy

Livingstone MURCH was the youngest of seven children born to Ebenezer MURCH and his wife, Sarah. (The unusual name of ‘Livingstone’ is easily explained: it was the maiden name of his maternal grandmother – Flora LIVINGSTONE.) He was born on 9 April 1895 in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland, and as a teenager worked for the Post Office as a telegraph messenger while living at home with his parents at 49 Collins Street in that city.

The Aberdeen Daily Journal of 19 June 1912 reports Livingstone, age 17, to be ‘defending his title’ as the champion of the swimming contest ‘Scottish 100 Yards Junior Championship'. It seemed only natural, then, that he should sign up for the Navy…

Three days before his 21st birthday in 1916, Livingstone signed up as a fitter. Six months later, he was dead – drowned as his first (and only) ship, the HMS Flirt went down. HMS Flirt was sunk as a result of a raid by destroyers and torpedo boats from the German navy on the Dover Barrage on 26 October 1916.

Livingstone’s body was never recovered. He is remembered on Panel 15 of the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. He was awarded the Victory Medal and the British War Medal for campaign service, which were given to his family.

Livingstone MURCH, M/19847, son of Ebenezer and Sara MURCH, of 54 Grierson Street, Kennyhill, Glasgow
Engine Room Artificer 4th class
d. 26 Oct 1916 age 22
HMS Flirt (sunk)
remembered on Portsmouth Naval Memorial, panel 15

23 September 2014: His name was read out on the 'Roll of Honour' for 'The Tower Remembers'.
Reader: Yeoman Warder Rob Fuller
Last Post: Drummer McKenna
A long list of names was read out, including (at about 15 minutes)

  • Livingstone MURCH
  • Eli BALL
  • Walter Harold BALL
  • A MURCH

Then came the verse from the poem by Laurence Binyan 'For the Fallen': They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Then the Last Post was played.


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