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Sir Douglas Hewitt Hacking.

Born 4th August 1884.

Died 29th July 1950 aged 65.

Arguably the greatest Accringtonian of modern times, He was born the 7th son of Joshua Hacking of Henfield House, Clayton, and he was educated at both Giggleswick School and Manchester University.

In 1909 he married the sister of another great local man, Col. G. G. H. Bolton. In 1913 he was elected Chairman of Rishton U. D. C., his first political appointment.

In August 1916 he was commissioned into the East Lancashire Regiment and served in France for two years, being awarded the O. B. E. and mentioned in despatches.

In 1918 he became M. P. for Chorley which he represented until 1945 when he resigned on being made a baronet.

In 1927 he became Secretary of the Department of Overseas Trade, Parliamentary Secretary of the Board of Trade and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs.

In 1929 he became a Privy Counsellor, Chancellor of the Primrose League in 1931, government delegate to the League of Nations in 1933 and Chairman of the Conservative Party in 1936.

He was knighted in the 1938 Birthday Honours and became a Baronet in 1945.

On the 21st June 1945, The Chairman of the Council reported that he had sent a telegram and a letter of congratulation to Sir Douglas Hacking upon his elevation to the peerage and that he had received a letter of thanks from Sir Douglas. The action of the Chairman was confirmed by the Council.

Apart from his political career he had many other interests. In 1926 he founded the Travel Association of Great Britain which amalgamated with the British Tourist and Holidays Board in March 1950. He was a member of the Canton club and for many years a lay member of the General Medical Council. He was also a governor of Cranleigh School.

In 1950, of the 28 chairmen that had previously held chair since the formation of the Rishton Council, only 9 were still alive. The Council in that year, being desirous of recognising their services presented them with a pendant. The presentation was made by Sir Robert Adcock, C. B. E., D. L., Clerk to the County Council. Shortly after this 2 of the ex chairmen passed away, Lord Hacking and Ralph Leeming Esq.

References

A Hyndburn Chronology by Paul Ladham.

Council Minutes 1938, 1945.