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Default Angus William Williams 1896-1972

Angus William Williams
15 Dec 1896 at [8 The Village], Rendcombe, Gloucestershire.
Parents Charles Williams, manservant in mansion [Rendcomb House], and Ellen Williams, formerly Purvey.

08 Jul 1900 Angus' eldest sister Josephine was killed by a runaway horse.

1901 census RG13 / 2447 / 65 p.7
Charles Williams, 37, indoor servant, domestic
Ellen, 38
Charles 15, ploughboy
Florence, 10
Herbert 7
Angus 4Caroline 1
Louisa Purvey, visitor [Ellen's sister]

1902 Angus' sister Edna was born and 1905 his youngest sibling, Doris.

30 Mar 1906 Angus' mother Ellen died.

03 Aug 1907 Angus' father Charles married Katherine Isenschmid.

8 Rendcombe, Cirencester [5 rooms]
Charles Williams head 47, general servant Glos North Cerney
Katherine Williams 39 married 3 years children none b London
Herbert Williams son 17 carpenter Glos Rendcombe
Angus Williams son 14 working on farm Glos Rendcombe
Caroline Williams daur 11Glos Rendcombe
Edna Williams daur 8 Glos Rendcombe
Doris Williams daur 5 Glos Rendcombe
[form filled in by Katherine]

Angus worked for Mr Tarrant the blacksmith.

22 January 1914
Angus joined the Royal Engineers on at Cirencester. Family legend was that he stole his father's bicycle and enlisted to get away from home as he didn't get on with his stepmother. He lied about his age and this was repeated on his death certificate, making him a year older than he really was.

He went out to France on 13 Dec 1914, two days before his 18th birthday.

He was in and around Poperinghe during WW1

Medal card index ref:
RE/1025.61 (roll no.)
Medal card of Williams, Angus
Corps Regiment No Rank
Royal Engineers 25908 Sapper
Royal Engineers WR/126987 Sapper
Date 1914-1920 Catalogue reference WO 372/21
Victory p. 11332
I5 Star RE/15A 130
Theatre of War: France
date of entry therein 13.12.14

Army Service Record:
22.1.1914 - 13.12.1914 training and general duties
14.12.1914-Aug 1916 field works
Aug 1916 - June 1919 railways
Sep 1919 blacksmith
Transferred to reserves ?
Demobbed 31.1.20
Discharged at Chatham, Kent 21.1.1926 having served 6 years 67 days with the colours and 5 years 298 days in Army reserve.

Service number 1845694
Regimental number 126987

Angus began writing to Gladys Smoothy (later his wife) in 1918, having been "introduced" by Gladys' friend Edith, who was married to Angus' cousin Frank Smith, who was also in France.

Oct-Nov 1918 on leave in London and Aylesbury.

Spring 1919 Angus and Gladys had some time together at Woking and Putney. Woking was where Gladys' maternal aunt Kate Chapman lived, and Putney was where her paternal aunt Lou Vine lived with her daughter Flo Poulson.

1920 Angus lived for a time with Gladys' cousin Florence Poulson and her husband, as well as Aunt Lou Vine, at 136 Disraeli Road, Wandsworth.

1921 he went to stay with his aunt Charity "Chat" Davison in Sandgate, Kent. Aunt Chat was a younger half-sister of Angus' mother Ellen.

1923 when he married, Angus' address was 5 Coastguard Cottages, a small row in Hythe. His two daughters Ruth and Rita were born at Cobden Road which is just round the corner.

1825-1930 sons John Angus and Norman Edwin born at Park Road, Hythe.
Angus also served int he 2nd world war in the Home Guard.

During 1930s depression Angus had no regular work. The family moved around various Kentish villages including Stowting, where Angus ran a shop at Threeways, a tin-roofed bungalow.

1943 Angus' son John died of peritonitis following a delayed diagnosis of appendicitis. This was a heavy blow from which Angus didn't recover. By now he was living in Wye.

Later, Angus and Gladys moved to Subdown Cottages in East Brabourne.

Death certificate:
1st September 1972
3 Subdown Cottages, Brabourne [Kent]
Angus Williams
date and place of birth 15 December 1895 Rencombe, Gloucestershire [sic - shd be 15 December 1896 Rendcombe]
Informant Norman Edwin Williams, son, 26 Victoria Park, Dover, Kent.
cause of death 1. a) coronary thrombosis,1. b) congestive cardiac failure 1.c. carcinoma of stomach
registered 4th September 1972.

Angus was cremated.
Love from Nell
Chowns in Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire
Brewer, Broad, Eplett & Pope in Cornwall
Smoothy & Willsher/Wiltshire in Essex & Surrey
Emms, Mealing + variants, Purvey & Williams in Gloucestershire
Barnes, Dunt, Gray, Massingham, Saul/Seals/Sales in Norfolk
Matthews & Nash in Warwickshire

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