Angus was a member of the Territorial Army serving in the 1 Battalion, Lovat Scouts with ‘C’ Squadron, which recruited from Sutherland, Ross-shire and part of Caithness. The role of the Squadron was observation and reconnaissance with one pony to every four men; the rest of the section was mounted on bicycles.
On the 3 of September 1939, the Lovat Scouts were mobilised with the rest of the T.A. as Britain declared war on Nazi Germany. The battalion gathered at Beauly to begin intense training with the squadrons deployed to the outlying areas; ‘C’ Squadron and the men from Sutherlandshire began training at Strathpeffer.
On the 21 of May the battalion was moved to Glasgow to embark on the Steamship ‘Ulster Prince’ bound for the Faeroe Islands. The 1 Lovat Scouts were to remain in the Faeroe Islands from 25 of May 1940 until June 1942, to guard against the threat of invasion. The main task of the battalion, if invasion happened, was to defend the main towns of Thorshaven and Skaalefjord to the last man and last round. The Lovat Scouts were relieved on the 10 of June 1942 by the 12 Battalion Cameronians, returning home by ship to Invergorden and leave. In July 1942 the battalion was sent to Halkirk, except for the 4 Company, which was sent on Exercise X, the guarding of the Royal family at Balmoral.