Portrait of Michael Angus
Private Durham Light Infantry, attached 1st Battalion The Loyal Regiment
Service Number: 4469732
Reported missing presumed killed in action 9 February 1944 at Anzio, Italy
After serving in the Home Guard Michael joined the Durham Light Infantry in January 1941. He took part in the North African campaign before being transferred to 1st Battalion The Loyal Regiment (North Lancs).
He was recommended for officer training but before that took effect Michael took part in operations in southern Italy culminating in Operation Shingle, the landings at Anzio. In the bitter fighting at Anzio he was reported missing, presumed killed in action, while operating with a mortar detachment. Michael has no known grave and is commemorated on panel 9 of the Cassino memorial. The memorial lists his date of death as 9 November 1944 which is incorrect and should read 9 February 1944.
He was awarded the following medals: the 1939-45 Star, the Italy Star, the Defence Medal, and the War Medal 1939-45
Michael was born in Wylam on Tyne. His parents were Colonel Edmund Graham Angus and Bridget Ellen Isabella Angus of Corbridge, Northumberland. Before Gordonstoun he attended Hexham Preparatory School from 1930 - 1935. The bell at St Christophers Chapel, used to summon Gordonstoun students each morning in term time, was donated in memory of Michael and his brother Tony.