Other names: Francis Livden
Locations in this story: Birdbush, Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, WiltshireEgyptBattersea, LondonGloucester
Story: Francis Livden (as officially registered) Harrington was born in Birdbush, Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire, on 6 Apr 1894 and baptised at the Birdbush Independent Chapel on 27 May 1894 the son of Harry William Harrington, a Wheelwright, and Mary Eliza Harrington (nee Lambert). He lived his early life in Birdbush, Ludwell, He enlisted on 30 Jan 1912 with the Territorial Unit of the Dorset (Queen's Own) Yeomanry as a Private (Service No. 557). He was transferred to the Royal Flying Corps on 1 Oct 1916 (the Royal Air Force from 1 Apr 1918) and served in Egypt from 1 Oct 1916 to 13 Jul 1919 initially as a Airman 2nd Class until promoted to Corporal Mechanic (Service No. 403799). Whilst in service he had received shell wounds and for this was granted a short lived pension until 7 May 1924. Following his discharge on 13 Aug 1919 he was awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the Territorial Forces War Medal. He married Emily Wain at St. Mary le Park Chapel of Ease, Battersea, London, on 5 Jun 1922. (Francis was shown as a widower on the marriage record but no reliable evidence of an earlier marriage can be found). By the time of the 1939 Register he was living as a boarder in 28 Deans Walk, Gloucester, described as a Civil Servant, whilst his wife was living in Battersea, London. No record of his death has yet been found. His brother, James Oswald Harrington, also served in the conflict.