St. Luke's War Memorial

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  J. Aindow

  R. Balshaw


  K. Kemp

  J. S. Rowland



  J. Blackley

  E. W. Browne

  R. J. Corkhill

  R. Formby

  T. Jones

  W. E. Lishman

  C. V. O. McNabb

  S. K. Morrison

  J. E. Mills

  G. Rimmer

  R. N. Steinmann

  C. S. Thomson

  E. Wadsworth

  H. Willacy


Not on Memorial

J B Horsfall (1914-18)

S. S. Shaw (1921)

F. Taylor (1914-18)

C. L. Thomas (1920)

A. D. Fisk (1939-45)

A. N. W. Sykes (1939-45)

P.G.Sykes (1939-45)



Colin McNabb

Memorial in St. Luke's

Colonel McNabb was the son of Surgeon Rear Admiral Sir Daniel and Lady McNabb, and a professional soldier. He commanded the 8th Battalion of the Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders. He was killed on Good Friday, 23rd April 1943 during the capture of Lanstop Hill in Tunisia. He was 40 and is buried in the Medjez-El_Bab War Cemetery.

The World War Two - North Irish Horse Battle Reports contain the following:

"Early on 23rd April the Brigadier, with Lt. Cols. Thomas and Dawnay, went forward to make a new plan which was for 8th A. & S.H. followed by 1st Surreys with N.I.H. in support to assault Djebel Ahmera, the western feature of Long-stop. At 1330 hours after heavy artillery concentration the assault started. The 8th A. & S.H. went up the hill with great dash through heavy machine-gun fire. Casualties were heavy, including the Commanding Officer, Lt. Col. McNab, the I.O., Capt. Erskine, and the Adjutant, Lieut. McLeish, killed. By 1530 hours after going in with the bayonet, the Argylls captured the hill. Meanwhile “A" Squadron N.I.H. worked round towards Point 196 destroying en route a machine-gun which had held up 1st Surreys. One tank of 5th Troop crossed the wadi and contacted 5th Buffs, eventually reaching a spot from which the commander dominated the valley and Point 196, and from where, despite heavy shell fire, he managed to shoot up certain positions indicated by the Buffs."

Col McNabb's memorial is in St. Luke's because he married Kitty (Katherine) Formby, Jonathan Formby's daughter. In fact Katherine lived in formby after his death until she died in 1974. Her grave is at the side of the Formby tombs and included in the sad inscription "beloved son of Katherine and Colin McNabb, died April 1st 1937 - aged 8 days."

If you visit St. Luke's do look at Colin McNabb's memorial, pictured above. It forms a window ledge at the front of the church on the right hand side, and is beautifully carved in oak.

Katherine's sister, Mary, married Major General D. D. C. Tulloch who was Orde Wingate's ADC in the famous Chindits. Major General Tulloch unveiled our Remembrance Board when it was dedicated by the Bishop of Liverpool on July 3rd 1950.