Private (acting Lance Corporal) Angus Pickles was aged 28 when he was killed in action on 11th October 1918. He served in the 1st/7th Battalion. Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding) Regiment. He is buried at WELLINGTON CEMETERY, RIEUX-EN-CAMBRESIS (I. E. 4).
Angus was from Shelf and his family lived at 10 Cock Hill, Stone Chair, he had an older brother and two younger brothers. From the Halifax Courier, dated 9th November 1918, we know that Angus lived at 11 Albert Street, Queensbury and he had served in France for over two years, before enlistment he was in the employment of Mr W Gaunt of Greengates.
Whilst on leave Angus married Eunice Ethel Taylor at Coley on 9th January 1918, Eunice placed a death announcement in the Halifax Courier it included the following passage:
I had pictured his safe returning,
I had longed to clasp his hand,
But God had postponed the meeting,
It will be in a better land.
Eunice continued to live at 11 Albert Street until 1924. On 7th November of that year she boarded the ‘Pakeha’ at Southampton and sailed, unaccompanied, to Auckland, New Zealand. The CWGC details for her are Waitati, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand.
Waitati, is a small seaside settlement in Otago, New Zealand, within the city limits of Dunedin. It is located close to the tidal mudflats of Blueskin Bay, 19 kilometres north of the Dunedin city centre
Angus’s grave bears the inscription: “Loved in life, honoured in death, treasured in memory, one of the best”.