Corporal William Angus V.C.

After leaving school William Angus was employed as a miner but was able to find himself a place as a professional footballer with Celtic FC in 1912. However he struggled to find himself in the starting 11 and decided to join the British Army when the war began.

On 12 June 1915 at Givenchy, France, Lance-Corporal Angus voluntarily left his trench under very heavy bomb and rifle fire and rescued a wounded officer who was lying within a few yards of the enemy's position. The lance-corporal had no chance of escaping the enemy's fire when undertaking this gallant deed, and in effecting the rescue he received about 40 wounds, some of them being very serious.

After the rescue he taken to a military hospital in Boulogne-sur-Mer, where he learned of his award of the Victoria Cross. After 2 months in hospital he returned to London where he was given the Victoria Cross by King George V at Buckingham Palace on 30 August 1915.

On his return to Carluke he was given a hero's welcome. He later became president of Carluke Rovers FC, a position he held until his death in 1959. He lies at Wilton Cemetery in Wilton Road, his Victoria Cross is displayed at the National War Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh Castle.


Corporal William Angus

Home Coming of Corporal William Angus V.C. 1918


Corporal William Angus