Corporal John Livingston, of 2/10th (Cyclist Battalion) Royal Scots, was born in Glasgow. By 1911 the family had moved to Dalmeny where he, his father and a sibling all worked in the Dalmeny Oil Works. John enlisted in 1914 and married in January 1918. Originally in the 2nd Battalion, he was wounded during the Ypres Offensive. A year later he was transferred to the 2/10th Battalion and embarked to Russia October 1918.
“On 11th November 1918 whilst the cease fire took place on the Western Front the 2/10th Royal Scots Battalion from Linlithgow was fighting a bitter battle against the Communist Bolsheviks in the snow of North Russia. On November 11th 1918, Armistice Day on the Western Front, the Royal Scots of ‘C’ Force were attacked by 1,000 Bolsheviks at Toulgas. Their target was the Canadian Artillery of the Force and bitter hand to hand fighting developed as the Royal Scots struggled to repulse the attacks.
On the day the people of the Lothians celebrated the end of the Great War for Civilisation the 2/10th Royal Scots suffered casualties of 19 men killed and 34 more men wounded.” ( Source -The Scottish Military Research Group)
This is where John was killed in action on 11.11.1918, aged 23, in Archangel, Russia.
John is commemorated on Stone Number 3, Archangel Memorial, Russian Federation.
He was awarded the British War and Victory Medals.
More information to follow.