Housewives among Hull M.A. candidates, 1950 April 13, Hull Daily Mail

Housewives among Hull MA candidatesHOUSEWIVES, TRADERS, PROFESSIONAL MEN, the present Sheriff and two former Sheriffs figure in a preliminary list of 17 candidates to represent Hull Municipal Association in next month’s municipal elections.

Here are short biographical notes about the candidates:

Mr Walter Hargreaves, a native of Hull, is 50, married with a son and daughter. A retail provision merchant, he is also director of a building firm and was born, bred and educated in Albert Ward. Last year, he unsuccessfully contested Marfleet.


Mr A. E. Wheelbrand, a Hull man, is 53, a grocer and president of Hull and District Chamber of Trade, as well as treasurer of Hull Grocers’ Association. A veteran of World War I, he is a keen worker for the British Legion, being chairman of the county services committee. He is also a member of Hull Great War Trust and of the Disabled Persons Committee.

Mr G. E. Todd, born at Gainsborough, has been in Hull 25 years and is 54. Married, with two children, he is sales manager of the Paragon Motor Co. His hobbies are fishing and shooting.

Mr J. S. Young, a native of Edinburgh, is 47 and an electrical engineer with the Yorkshire Electricity Board in Hull. Married, with three children, he has been in Hull since before the war. His hobbies are fishing and shooting.

Coun. H. W. Jackson, a native of Leeds, has lived in Hull since 1906. Now 67 and a retired insurance executive, he is married with three sons. He entered Hull City Council in 1938 and was Sheriff of Hull in 1945–46. He is a keen Rotarian being a past president of the Hull club and his hobbies are golf and walking.


Counc. LL-Col. Rupert Alec-Smith is the retiring Sheriff and was the unsuccessful Parliamentary Conservative candidate in East Hull in 1945. A bachelor, he entered the Council in March, 1947, at a by-election. Born in 1913, he is a keen member of the Georgian Society and a devotee of the arts. During the war he served in France, Egypt and Cyprus.

Mr Vic Butters, a 45-year-old rope, timber and metal merchant, was born in Drypool and has lived there all his life. Married, with one child, he is a keen supporter of Hull Kingston Rovers.

Counc. Thomas Wilcock, born in Hull, is a grocer and is married, with a daughter and a son. A keen sportsman, he plays a big part in the organisation of baseball in Hull and gives much time to the planning of children’s games. He entered the Council in November, 1944, and is a prominent worker for the Chamber of Trade.


Counc. H. J. Barney, a former Sheriff of Hull, is due to be the city’s next Lord Mayor. Born in Hull, he is a retired bank official and is a prominent worker on behalf of local hospitals, being chairman of the Hull (B) Group Hospital Management Committee. His hobbies are gardening and reading. He entered the Council in 1938.

Coun. J.C. Hampson, also a native of Hull, is a 37-year-old dental mechanic and has been on the Council since 1946, He is married, with two children, but has no time for hobbies.

Coun. Mrs Eva Beecroft is a typical housewife and has lived in the city all her life. She is a keen worker for the Conservatives in North Hull, and has done much public speaking, particularly to towns-women’s guilds, women’s institutes and luncheon clubs. She entered the council in 1946, and has represented Myton Ward.


Mr J. Fergus Payne, at 30, has had an exciting and varied career. Now a partner in a Hull firm of solicitors, he served as a bomber pilot with the RAF and was shot down on operations in 1941. He was a German prisoner-of-war until 1945, despite two unsuccessful attempts to escape. Married with two children, this is his first venture into municipal affairs.

Coun. A. K. Jacobs, born in Hull, is 52 and a motor trader and financier. He was wounded on active service in World War I, but went on to build up a big motor business in the city, selling all his interests in that in 1939. A skilled violinist, he played at Hull theatres and cafes before the war and has served on the council for 18 years. He was formerly an Independent.

Mr J. R. Cattle, 58-year-old native of Hull, is a leading furnisher and draper in the city. He is a former national president of the Check Traders’ Association and is a vice-president of both national and local credit traders’ associations. He is married and a devout Methodist.


Mr A. E. Waldis, a 41-year-old bus driver, was educated at Leeds Technical College and was a regular soldier from 1928-45. During the war, he was a senior NCO on administrative duties in Jamaica, Bermuda, France and Germany. He was an unsuccessful MA candidate in Myton last year.

Mrs I. M. Foster is a widow and the mother of five children, having lived most of her life in East Hull. She has long been interested in local government and unsuccessfully contested Southcoates ward last year on behalf of the MA.

Mr A. R. Dixon, who was born and bred in East Hull, is 49 and an accountant. He is married and keen on gardening.

1 Comment

  1. Paul Ford - January 26, 2014, 7:10 am Reply

    Eva Beecroft was born Eva Ford, daughter of Robert and Mary Ford.

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