Angus – Lance Corporal William (Willie)

28 February 1888 – 14 June 1959:-

William Angus was born in Cappers, Armadale and was employed as a miner in a Lanarkshire coal mine after leaving school, before becoming a professional footballer at Carluke Rovers.

He enlisted in the 8th Battalion Highland Light Infantry in 1914, but was transferred to the 8th Battalion Royal Scots in 1915 as they had suffered heavy casualties.

On 12 June 1915 at Givenchy-les-la-bassee, France, Lance-Corporal Angus voluntarily left his trench to rescue a wounded officer, fellow Carluke man Lieutenant James Martin, who was lying within a few yards of the enemy’s position and had been injured by a mine. To do this he had to travel through 64 metres in no-man’s land under heavy bomb and rifle fire, and received about 40 wounds, some of them being very serious, including the loss of his left eye and part of his right foot. His commanding officer said there had been no braver deed in the history of the British Army.

After the war he returned home to Scotland, where he married and had five children. He became president of Carluke Rovers, a position he held until his death. His Victoria Cross is at the National War Museum, Edinburgh Castle. 

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