AGER, William Albert

1888 - 1975

William Albert Ager, was 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, 4 year old William was living at Durstall, Stuntney, Cambridgeshire with his 34 year old mother Keziah, who was described as a farmer, with two siblings, Walter 10 and Ada Ann 2. 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 Kezia, with four children Robert W. 20, Arthur W. 15, 14 year old William, a cycle maker and Lilian K. 7. William was apprenticed to noted London silversmith Charles Harling Comyns at Bushey Heath, Hertfordshire. 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'. 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.