Sergeant Samuel Charles McNabb


Samuel Charles McNabb was born on 9 December 1896 at Ballymoney, County Antrim, son of coachman James McNabb and his wife Lizzie (nee Weir).

At the time of the 1901 and 1911 Irish censuses he was living with his family in Ballymacrea, County Antrim.

McNabb enlisted in the North Irish Horse in early January 1916 (No.2078 – later Corps of Hussars No.71689). He was sent to France as a reinforcement for the 1st North Irish Horse Regiment in 1916 or 1917, and was posted to E Squadron.

On 23 November 1917 McNabb was admitted to the No.1 Canadian General Hospital at Etaples with impetigo. He was soon discharged and rejoined his regiment.

He was wounded on 24 March 1918 during the German Spring Offensive. The regimental war diary for that day states:

Morlancourt. At 11.45 pm Regiment retired to Toutencourt. No H/71689 LCpl McNabb S C, H/71593 LCpl Cassidy E, H/71074 Pte Matchett G Wounded

McNabb was wounded again during the Advance to Victory offensive from August to November 1918.

During 1918 he was promoted to the rank of sergeant.

McNabb was transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve, on 14 February 1919.