AGER, William Albert

1888 - 1975

Born at Oxford Street, London on 27 February 1888, son of Robert Ager, a cabman, and his wife Keziah née Wilson, who married at Ely, Cambridgeshire in 1878. In 1891 young William was living at Durstall, Stuntney, Cambridgeshire with his mother Keziah, who was described as a farmer, with two siblings, but by 1901 his 53 year old father Robert, who was born at Bury St Edmund's, Suffolk, was a cab driver living at 58 Walterton Road, Paddington with his 44 year old wife and four children including 14 year old William, a cycle maker. William was apprenticed to silversmith Charles Harling Comyns at Bushey Heath, Hertfordshire but his mother died at Paddington in 1906, aged 49 and in 1911 William was a 23 year old journeyman silversmith living at 45 Lydford Road, Paddington together with his widowed father and 17 year old sister Lilian. A member of the Ipswich Art Club 1952-1968 and exhibited several design pieces from The Street, Rushmere St Andrew, Ipswich; in 1952 'A Spring Trophy of Octagonal Design', in 1951 'A Copper Tankard', in 1952 'A Silver Cup' and in 1954 'A Silver Goblet' and he designed and made the 'Miranda Bowl' given by Margaret Mary, Lady Mears [Tempest q.v.] in memory of her brother Frank Lewis Tempest (1893-1951), Commodore of the Royal Harwich Yacht Club. He died at Ipswich in 1975.