LIVINGSTONE, Robert Heaton
(Service number 6/86)

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Date Unknown Place of Birth

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment 436 Durham Street, Christchurch
Occupation Law clerk
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin T. LIVINGSTONE, 436 Durham Street North, Christchurch
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation Main Body
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Canterbury Infantry Battalion
Date 16 October 1914
Transport Tahiti or Athenic
Embarked From Lyttelton, Canterbury Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With 2nd South Staffordshire Regiment
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Campaigns Gallipoli
Service Medals
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

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Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Twice wounded. Wounded early June 1915 - bullet was deflected from his forehead and caused only a parting as it glanced along his scalp; soon discharged cured. Wounded for second time in August 1915. Invalided back to New Zealand. May 1917 (with 2nd South Staffordshire Regiment) admitted to No. 2 Stationary Hospital, Abbeyville, suffering from a gunshot wound in the neck; progressing satisfactorily.

Post-war Occupations

Barrister and solicitor


Date Age
Place of Death Christchurch
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Fourth son of Thomas and Mary Ann LIVINGSTONE. Brother of Alexander Reuel LIVINGSTONE and Eric Joseph LIVINGSTONE who were both killed in action. Brother Thomas McClelland LIVINGSTONE also served in WWI. Another brother, Henry Gillies LIVINGSTONE, was stationed as adjutant to the C. Y. C. (1917). Robert attended Timaru Main, Christchurch Normal, High Street Dunedin and Lyttelton District High schools. Student at Canterbury College; and was secretary of the Canterbury College Football Club. Married Norah Graham Buchanan BENNETT in 1922. After Robert was wounded for the second time, he was invalided back to New Zealand and discharged. He then went to England, where he obtained a commission in the 4th South staffords, and was wounded yet again, Next he joined the Royal Flying Corps. The first time Robert was wounded (June 1915), he had a miraculous escape from death, when a bullet was deflected from his forehead by a medallion on his cap. After he was wounded for a second time, he was invalided back to New Zealand. He acted as recruiting officer in Christchurch for a time. Later he went to France. In 1917 (about April) he was granted a commission in the Imperial Forces, and in October 1918 he was promoted to lieutenant. In September 1917, his name was submitted by Canterbury College for the Home scholarships scheme for overseas soldiers.


Cenotaph Database [08 May 2014]; Oamaru Mail 7 June 1915, Press, 8 June 1915, 18 August 1915, 22 May 1917, 1 December 1917, 16 October 1918, Evening Post, 25 September 1917 (Papers Past) [08 & 09 May 2014]

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