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Sir Arthur Croft (1886-1961)
"SIR ARTHUR CROFT, whose death, we regret to announce, took place on February 12, was a very well-known figure in the field of power transmission, and had seen his company, Crofts (Engineers), Ltd., Bradford, 3, grow from modest beginnings in 1887 to become one of the world's largest manufacturers of power transmission equipment.
Arthur Croft was born on March 14, 1886, and was educated at Hanson's School and Bradford Technical College. He joined the family firm of Crofts as an apprentice just sixteen years after it had been founded by his father, the late Frederick Lister Croft, with a total personnel of seven. When the business became a private limited company in 1907 Croft was appointed a director, and on his father's death in 1920 he became joint chairman. He became governing director in 1936, and when the public company was incorporated in 1948 he became chairman and managing director.
Sir Arthur was knighted in 1953, and retired from the company in the same year, shortly after completing fifty years of service. Sir Arthur was particularly interested in the welfare of the employees of Crofts, and was responsible for the provision of sports fields and a recreation hall, and for the introduction of superannuation, insurance and bonus schemes. He is survived by Lady Croft and by his son and daughter; the former, Mr. John Croft, succeeded his father as managing director of the firm in 1953."