AGER, William Albert

1888 - 1975

William Albert Ager was born at Oxford Street, London on 27 February 1888, son of Robert Ager (1847-1911), a cabman, and his wife Keziah née Wilson (1857-1906), who married at Ely, Cambridgeshire in 1878. In 1891, William was a 4-year-old, 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 their four children Robert Walter 20, Arthur Wilson 15, 14-year-old William, a cycle maker and Lilian Kezia 7. William was apprenticed to noted London silversmith, Charles Harling Comyns (1853-1925) 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 Margaret Mary Tempest in memory of her brother Frank Lewis Tempest (1893-1951), Commodore of the Royal Harwich Yacht Club. William Albert Ager died at Ipswich in 1975.