John Macarthur Livingston

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John Macarthur Livingston
Personal Information
Date of Birth unknown
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Place of Birth Fremantle, Western Australia
Death 15 Apr 1964, aged 68
Place of Death Kalamunda, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 21 years, 4 months
Description 5' 7" (1.70m) tall ; 121 lbs
54.885 kg
; fresh complexion ; brown eyes ; brown hair
Occupation Orchardist
Religion Presbyterian
Address Bedfordale, Western Australia
Next of Kin Father , Mr Malcolm Livingston
Military Information
Reg Number 6534
Date of Enlistment 12 Apr 1916
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 11th Battalion, 21st Reinforcement C Company / 3rd Brigade, 1st Division
Date of Embarkation 10 Oct 1916 ‒ 2 Dec 1916
Ship Embarked On HMAT A23 Suffolk
Date of Return 9 Feb 1919 ‒ 24 Mar 1919
Ship Returned On HMAT A11 Ascanius
Fate Missing in Action, later Prisoner of War 15 Apr 1917
Returned to Australia
Monument Armadale War Memorial (Bedfordale panel)
Bedfordale Roll of Honour
Armadale and Districts Roll of Honour
The Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial Ballarat, Victoria
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

Electoral Roll entries - 1917 Bedfordale, an orchardist

War Service

Three weeks after entering camp John was allocated to the 21st reinforcement draft for the 11th Battalion. After almost six months training in Western Australia, on 10 Oct 1916 they embarked for England aboard HMAT A23 Suffolk disembarking in England on 2 Dec 1916. On arrival John was sent to the 3rd Training Battalion at Perham Downs to prepare for France. He proceeded overseas to France from Folkestone on HMT Victoria on 4 Feb 1917 and was taken on the strength of 'C' Company, 11th Battalion in France at Basentin-le-Petit on 10 Feb 1917.

On 14 Apr 1917, while they were in the front line at Louverval, a strong German attack was made on outposts manned by members of 'C' Company, and a number of men were captured after they had run out of ammunition. In the battalion's war diary there is a report of some of them charging the enemy with bayonets alone, and the discovery of the body of their officer after the fight was over.

John was held as a POW [1]. in Dulmen and Limburg in Germany and in Heilsberg East Prussia from Apr 1917 to Dec 1918. Initially listed as missing on Casualty List 334, he was later recorded as a POW.

He was repatriated to England via Hull where he arrived on 9 Dec 1918, and was sent to London on 11 Dec 1918. Following medical assessments and some leave in the UK, he embarked on HMAT A11 Ascanius for Fremantle, disembarking on 24 Mar 1919. John was discharged by the 5th Military District on 5 May 1919.

Mr and Mrs. M. Livingston, Bedfordale have received a notification from the Defence Department that their only son Jack, has been missing since April 16.[2]

Post War

Married Emma Eliza [Kitty] Murphy in Quairading during 1924. Emma died 22 May 1995 aged 97.

Electoral Roll entries - 1921 - 1949 farming at Quairading with Emma; 1954 they have moved to East Beverley; 1958 at Greenhills; 1963 retired at 46 Heath road, Kalamunda. No children's birth registered before 1932.


  1. "Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Files - John Macarthur Livingston". Australian War Memorial. 2018. Retrieved 2 May 2018. 
  2. "WAR CASUALTIES.". The West Australian. XXXIII, (4,716). Western Australia. 15 May 1917. p. 5. Retrieved 20 July 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 

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