19th (County of London) Battalion (St Pancras)
Place of birth:
Islington - Middlesex
Butcher's Errand Lad (1911) Butcher's cutter & salesman (1939)
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Name of father:
Name of siblings:
George W, Ada, Edward, Arthur, Albert
Name(s) of children:
Joan Elizabeth Maud
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Cemetery or memorial:
St Mellitus Church
Name of mother:
Name of spouse:
Elizabeth Maud Falconer
1911 = 35 Charteris Road, Finsbury Park (17years old)
1915 = 37 Fonthill Road, Finsbury Park (22 years old)
1916 = 10 Monton Road
Private Walter Angel (1893 – 1967)
Walter Angel was an Islington resident. He was the fourth child in a family of six children. His older siblings were called George W, Ada and Edward. His younger siblings were called Arthur and Albert. Walter was born on 21st September 1893 in Islington. His parents were Henry H and Alice. In 1901 the family lived at 13 Moreland Street and in 1911, when Walter was 17 years old, they lived at 35 Charteris Road. Walter’s occupation was a butcher’s errand lad.
On 7th September 1914, Walter enlisted at Camden Town for war duty on short term attestation. He became part of the 19th (reserve) Battalion County of London Regiment. In March 1915, the battalion stationed at Camden Town was mobilised for war and embarked for France arriving at Havre. On 11th May 1915, the battalion was part of a formation that became the 141st Brigade of the 47th Division and engaged in various actions on the Western Front including: The Battle of Aubers Ridge, The Battle of Festubert, The Battle of Loos.
Private Walter Angel was wounded in 1915 and discharged from the army on 26th November 1915. His 1915 discharge form records his age as 22 years 2 months. He had blue eyes and fair hair and his trade was a butcher. His intended place of residence was listed as 37 Fonthill Road, Finsbury Park. Private Walter Angel’s military character was “good.” His character awarded in accordance with King’s Regulations was “honest, sober and of good character.”
On 2nd July 1916 Walter married Elizabeth Maud Falconer in St Mark’s Parish, Tollington Park. Elizabeth’s address listed on the marriage records was 14 Charteris Road, a street neighbour to the Angel’s family address in 1911. Walter’s address was 10 Monton Street. Both fathers of the couple were witnesses. Walter’s father was a zinc worker and Elizabeth’s father was a pianoforte maker. Walter and Elizabeth’s daughter was born on 20th August 1918. She was named Joan Elizabeth Maud. In 1939 the family lived at 68 Regina Road, N4. Walter’s occupation was a butcher cutter and salesman, and Joan’s occupation was a tobacconist shop assistant. Joan married Gwilym Evan David Lewis in October 1939 in Islington.
Walter’s wife died on 21st August 1947. Walter died on 5th May 1961 at the age of 67 years old, at Whittington Hospital, Islington. Their daughter Joan died on 2nd January 2009 in Dovercourt, Essex, England. Joan and Gwilym did have children so Walter Angel was a grandfather and possibly a great grandfather.
Private Walter Angel was awarded the Victory and British War Medal and is remembered on the list of returned soldiers on the St Mellitus Church War Memorial.