Died 1995, aged 87: Philip George Howcroft, a great sportsman, was purchasing manager for Sirdar and a former deputy mayor of Wakefield. He was born at Darton of 11 December 1908 and was educated at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, where he became head boy. In the same year he was captain of both cricket and rugby teams – and won the Latin prize. He played for Yorkshire Public Schools at rugby, in team captained by Douglas Bader, who gained fame as the legless Battle of Britain pilot and prisoner of war. After leaving school, Philip went to Malaya, working as manager on a rubber plantation. During the Second World War he served in Europe as a captain in the Royal Artillery.

He was a Rotarian and a member of Wakefield Golf Club, following in his father’s footsteps as club captain. He was elected a councillor on Wakefield City Council (deputy mayor in 1971-72 ) and also served on its successor, Wakefield Metropolitan District Council, where he was chief whip of the Conservative Group. He died at his home at 239 Barnsley Road, Sandal. Howcroft Court and Gardens, off Carr Lane, are named in his honour.

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