Born in Chatham, 13 May, 1920, the only son of Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Angus of 335 Wellington St., Chatham, ON. William attended Central School and the Chatham Collegiate Institute and St. Andrew’s College in Aurora. Prior to the start of the war William was on the staff of the Dominon Bank. He was married to Margo (McKenzie) who with their daughter Marion were living with her parents Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth McKenzie of Toronto, while William was in the army.
When the war began he enlisted in the Kemt Regiment (Machine Gun) as a private, July of 1940, in March of 1942 he was was promoted to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant serving with the Kent Regt. at Niagara-on-the-Lake. He was on a weekend leave to attend the wedding of Lieut Stuart McKeough in Chatham. CDN 6/03/42. William remained with the regiment until September of 1942, at which time he was a full Lieutenant as a platoon commander.
William first enlisted with the 1st Kent Regt. in August of 1940, in March of 1942 he was a Lieutenant serving with the Kent Regt. at Niagara-on-the-Lake. He was on a weekend leave to attend the wedding of Lieut Stuart McKeough in Chatham. CDN 6/03/42. In September 1942 he transferred to the 30th. Recce. Regiment, Canadian Armoured Corps in September of 1942 and was stationed at Carling Heights, London, ON. as Captain. June 1943 he arrived in England and was appointed Liaison Officer and later a staff Captain in the Canadian Armoured Corps. He resigned from the staff to go on active Service and was sent to Italy as a reinforcement Officer with the 48th. Highlanders. Was awarded the Military Cross for Gallantry in action. Mrs. Angus returned from New Westminister BC. where they had been stationed with the First Kents.
With the Kent Regiment about five months before mobilization.
He transferred to the 30th Reconnaissance Regiment, Canadian Armoured Corps in September of 1942 and was stationed at Carling Heights, London, ON. He rose to the rank of Adjutant of that unit, a course he had completed at Kemptville, ON. Mrs. Angus returned from New Westminister BC. where they had been stationed with the First Kents. In December of 1942 William was training at Dundurn, SK. by then he had the rank of Captain with 30th Recce. He was reported to have made it home for Christmas, spending his leave at his parents home with his wife. He would return to his unit after the completion of his visit. CDN 24/12/42
He went overseas with the 30th Recces in the summer of 1943, when the 30th was broken up in England. Captain Angus was reported to have been appointed to the General Staff of the Canadian Army overseas as Liaison Officer, Staff Learner and finally Staff Captain. CDN 4/03/44 In the summer of 1944 he resigned from the staff in England applied for and was granted a transfer from the Armoured Corps to the infantry and was sent to the 48th Highlanders in October 1944 serving in Italy. It was while serving with the 48th in Italy that he won his Military Cross (MC). During the battle of the Lamone River in December of 1944, he was then the 2nd in command of a company. It was reported in the CDN 23/03/45 that Captain W. G. Angus had been awarded the Military Cross.
The 48th was transferred from Italy to Belgium, Holland and finally into Germany in the early months of 1945 as officer commanding D- Company of that regiment. When the war ended the 48th was back in Holland. Captain Angus was reported to be returning from oversea duty aboard the S.S. Nieuw Amsterdam.