Frederick John Angell and his son Frederick William were from a military family which saw service across the army and navy over several generations. Lt Colonel Frederick John joined the Royal Irish Fusiliers in 1881, was posted to locations including Sudan, Bechuanaland, Natal, Mauritius and Bermuda over the following decades and at some stage was Assistant Director of the Ordnance Stores at Gibraltar. He was later honoured as a CBE. His son Frederick William was a cadet in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserves before being appointed to the Royal Indian Marines in July 1914. According to family stories he went round both Capes on sailing ships in the early years of the twentieth century. He served in the Persian Gulf during WW1 and later became a Captain in the Royal Indian Navy.