MURCH, Livingstone

Male 1895 - 1916  (21 years)

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  • Name MURCH, Livingstone 
    Born 9 Apr 1895  Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    _UID 553F3FEC9B574C23AD0C1E0B091C1258913E 
    Died 26 Oct 1916  HMS Flirt, at sea Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I142  Murch
    Last Modified 24 May 2015 

    Father MURCH, Ebenezer,   b. 3 Mar 1848, Ottery St Mary, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1911  (Age 63 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother SMITH, Sarah,   b. 18 Oct 1854, Tarbet, Argyll, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1911  (Age 57 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Family ID F12  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    The Last Post
    The Last Post
    'Last Post' being played for 'The Tower Remembers'
    HMS Flirt
    HMS Flirt

    Livingstone Murch
    Livingstone Murch
    More about Livingstone Murch and his life before entering the Navy

  • Notes 
    • Census:
      1911 14, GPO Telegraph Messenger, lvg w parents at 49 Collins Street, Glasgow
      1901 4, lvg w parents at 49 Collins Street, Glasgow, transcribed as LIVENSTON

      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.

      HMS Flirt on Wikipedia
      On the night of 26/27 October 1916 the German Navy raided the Dover Barrage with two and a half flotillas of torpedo boats and destroyers. Flirt under the command of Lieutenant R. P. Kellett responded to gunfire from the drifter line. She found Waveney on fire and sent a boat to assist. When unidentified ships approached she issued a challenge and was immediately fired upon by the Germans. Flirt was lost; the only survivors were those dispatched to aid Waveney.

      She was awarded the battle honour "Belgian Coast 1914 - 15" for her service.

  • Sources 
    1. [S15] Military Service Record, ADM 188/105 7/19847. (Reliability: 3). TNA Series: ADM 242/9; Scan Number: 0626; Name: Livingstone MurchRank: Act ERA 4thBirth Date: 9 Apr 1895Birth Place: Glasgow, ScotlandBranch of Service: Royal NavyCause of Death: Killed or died as a direct result of enemy actionOfficial Number Port Division: M.19847. (Po)Death Date: 26 Oct 1916Ship or Unit: HMS FlirtLocation of Grave: Not recordedName and Address of Cemetery: Body Not Recovered For BurialRelatives Notified and Address: Brother: Angus 49 Collins St Townhead Glasgow; Original data: War Graves Roll. The Naval and Military Press Ltd.