For much of the Great War Peter Angus thought himself lucky - he had survived. The son of Thomas Stout Angus, a builder, and Catherine Gray Laurenson, Windhouse, Law Lane, Lerwick, he was born in 1887. Before the war he worked for a draper, Laurenson and Co., and was a member of the Territorials. He landed in France in June 1917 and trained at Etaples. In Oudherham, Belgium, he first saw a man killed, Sergeant Betts, when a German shell landed on a parade ground. There were other incidents and near misses, an infantry soldier’s lot. At Merlincourt, a spent piece of shrapnel hit him in the throat.
After the armistice he was put on salvage duty at Wallingcourt. Another soldier picked up a German shell and it killed him and a dozen others. Peter was wounded in thirty places, lost his left leg immediately and had the other amputated later. He wrote a piece about the incident and it was published in the Shetland Times.
"I have still got my arms, hands and eyesight. So I am looking forward to a healthy and cheerful life in spite of 'Jerry’s' shell."
He came home and ran a business – The Shetland Book Shop – at 87 Commercial Street, a building now demolished. He also had an agency for Typhoo tea. He got around on artificial legs and two sticks. He also had an invalid tricycle, propelled by handles and a chain. He was able to live an interesting life, and when he died in 1955 his obituary in the Shetland Times said his bookshop had an "uncommon appeal".