William G. Angus, MC
William Glenn Angus attended
St. Andrew's College from 1937 to 1938.
He served with the 48th Highlanders
of Canada and was awarded the Military Cross for the action described below.
"On the night
of 10/11 December 1944, the 48th Highlanders of Canada made an assault
crossing of the Lamone River at MR 413348. This river has dykes some 30
feet high, sloping to the water at approximately 45 degrees; and with the
enemy solidly dug in along the top of the dyke and in the fields behind,
presented a formidable obstacle.
Company was leading company in this assault, and Captain William Glenn
Angus commanded the leading platoon. The moment his platoon appeared over
our bank with their assault boats, a withering fire was brought down on
them from machine gun posts at point blank range across the river. Rallying
his men, this officer quickly had the boats launched and on their way across.
He was amongst the first to land, and personally led the platoon storming
up the 30-foot dyke into the thick of the enemy positions. So inspiring
was his leadership and so determined the assault that the platoon had very
soon accomplished it's initial task, which was to clear the enemy bank
for a length of 300 yards. In doing this, 9 enemy machine gun posts were
routed, thus freeing the crossing point of aimed small arms fire for the
remainder of the Battalion.
part of his platoon to hold this area, Captain Angus then immediately organized
a fighting patrol to seek out and destroy further enemy. With complete
disregard for his own safety he struck into an area known to be mined;
he soon found the enemy, who resisted his intrusion vigorously with small
arms fire, rifle and hand grenades. In spite of this opposition, and in
the lead throughout, this gallant and determined officer charged and captured
three further enemy positions, each a section in strength, personally killing
this action Captain Angus displayed a most inspiring courage and a matchless
initiative and determination. His action, over and above the terms of his
orders, in exploiting into enemy territory, ensured the successful crossing
and subsequent exploitation of the remainder of the Battalion. His aggressive
spirit resulted in the capture by himself and his platoon of 48 of the
enemy in this operation and the killing of a number of others."
per Canada Gazette and CARO/5483, both dated 24 March 1945