Angus, William No. 16172

Angus, William

Rifleman

No. 16172, ‘A’ Company, 13th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in action on Saturday 1 July 1916 (aged 18)

Buried:

A.I.F. Burial Ground, France (Grave X. A. 4)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Donaghadee and District War Memorial

Shore Street Presbyterian Church Donaghadee

Angus family grave headstone in Donaghadee Parish Church Graveyard

BIOGRAPHY

William Angus was born on 10 February 1898 in The Warren, Donaghadee and he was a son of James and Sarah Angus (nee Haisley) who were married on 24 January 1889 in Greenwell Street Presbyterian Church Newtownards.  James Angus (aged 25) from Donaghadee was a son of William Angus, a carpenter.  Sarah Haisley (aged 22) from Donaghadee was a daughter of William Haisley, a farmer.

The Angus family lived in Townparks, Ballycross and Warren Road, Donaghadee.

James Angus was a carpenter and labourer and he and Sarah had twelve children all of whom were baptised in Shore Street Presbyterian Church Donaghadee:

Mary Caroline (Carrie, born 20 January 1890 in Warren, Donaghadee)

Margaret (Margie, born 10 October 1891 in Warren, Donaghadee)

John Haisley (Haisley, born 17 March 1893 in Warren, Donaghadee)

Richard (born 3.20 pm 9 June 1895 in Warren, Donaghadee)

Francis (born 3.25 pm 9 June 1895 in Warren, Donaghadee)

William (born 10 February 1897; died of bronchitis 27 February 1897)

William (born 10 February 1898 in Warren, Donaghadee)

James (born 19 May 1899 in Warren, Donaghadee)

Lorimer (born 23 October 1900 in Warren, Donaghadee)

George Albert (born 12 October 1902 in Warren, Donaghadee; died in Australia 8 September 1937)

Sarah Haisley (born 10 February 1907 in Warren, Donaghadee)

Harold (born 13 July 1909 in Warren, Donaghadee; died of debility from birth 23 May 1910)

William Angus was 12 when his mother Sarah died of tuberculosis on 28 February 1910 (aged 43) and she was buried in Donaghadee Parish Church Graveyard alongside her infant son William.  Three months later her infant son Harold was buried in the same grave.

William Angus enlisted in Donaghadee, he served with the 13th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 108th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division and he was 18 when he was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.  Rifleman William Angus (No.16172) was buried in the A.I.F. Burial Ground, Flers, Somme, France.  CWGC records report that William Angus was 22 when he was killed; civil birth registration records show that he was 18 so it is likely that he overstated his age when he enlisted.

William’s father James died of a cerebral haemorrhage on 26 November 1916 (aged 54) and he was buried alongside his wife and two infant sons in Donaghadee Parish Church Graveyard.

Rifleman William Angus (No.16172) is commemorated on Donaghadee and District War Memorial; in Shore Street Presbyterian Church Donaghadee and on the Angus family grave headstone in Donaghadee Parish Church Graveyard.