George Verity: Golfer, climber and cricketer

 

The youngest son of the Yorkshire and England cricketer, Hedley Verity, who was killed in action during the Second World War, Douglas Verity was an accomplished sportsman in his own right. Having inherited his father's love of cricket, he later found fame as a climber before making his mark in the world of golf.

He was born shortly after his father returned home from the Bodyline tour of Australia in 1933. His elder brother Wilfred was named after his father's predecessor in the Yorkshire side, Wilfred Rhodes; George Douglas Verity took his names from fellow left-arm bowler George Hirst and the celebrated England captain Douglas Jardine. At Littlemoor Primary School, Rawdon, fellow classmates included future Yorkshire stars Brian Close and Bryan Stott. Lifelong friends, all three would soon make their mark for the local cricket club.

In only nine seasons in first class cricket from 1931 onwards, Hedley Verity, one of the most skilful slow left-arm bowlers in the history of the game, claimed a remarkable 1,956 wickets for club and country, winning some 40 Test caps. Against Australia at Lord's in June, 1934, he twice dismissed Don Bradman to set up an England win.

In 1939, Verity and his young family considered moving to South Africa, but war put the plans on hold. Joining the Green Howards, he was soon promoted to Captain. Leading his men in an attack on a heavily defended ridge outside Catania, amid the 8th Army's assault on Sicily, he was shot and captured, dying of his wounds in a POW hospital near Naples. He was 38.

Douglas was 10 when he heard the news of his father's death on the radio. He went on to become a groundsman and cricket professional for Yeadon in the Bradford League. A stylish and aggressive left-handed opening batsman and occasional wicket keeper, Verity proved an accomplished and thoughtful cricketer, his infectious enthusiasm inspiring the whole side.

At his best when the pitch was at its worst and the bowling at its most hostile, of his many notable batting displays none was perhaps finer than his contribution to the victory over Farsley in the 1949 Priestley Cup final. Typically resolute against the fearsome pace of the Derbyshire and England quick bowler, Bill Copson, his 49 not out helped complete a notable hat trick of Cup victories. However, a serious knee injury, sustained while having football trials with Leeds United, brought his burgeoning cricket career to a premature end.

He often felt overwhelmed by his heritage, but 1955 brought a fresh start with a move to Snowdonia to manage Pen-y-Gwryd, the climbing hotel. While there he climbed regularly with such luminaries as Joe Brown. He was one of the early volunteers who ran the Snowdon Rescue Service, before the formation of the Snowdon Mountain Rescue Team.

In 1963 he became the professional at St Deiniol Golf Club, Bangor. St David's Day 1970 heralded a move to Pwllheli Golf Club, where over the the next three decades he acquired a formidable reputation, not only as an outstanding teacher but also as a very fine tournament golfer. On retirement in 2000, he was elected club captain.

In 1975 his brother Wilfred, a successful photographer, was killed in a freak accident when a cattle trailer broke free, crushing him to death. Wilfred's seven-year-old son, Hedley, also suffered multiple injuries.

Almost 70 years ago, the obituaries for Hedley Verity invariably adhered to the premise "De mortis nil nisi bonum dicendum est" (Let nothing be said of the dead but what is good). The reason? Because, one would be hard pressed to find anything other than good to say about the man. The same could so easily apply to his son.

 

George Douglas Verity, sportsman: born Rawdon, West Yorkshire 4 June 1933; married (two sons); died Pwllheli, Gwynedd 24 August 2012.

News
people And here is why...
Arts and Entertainment
Amazon has added a cautionary warning to Tom and Jerry cartoons on its streaming service
tv
Voices
voicesBy the man who has
Sport
Arsene Wenger tried to sign Eden Hazard
footballAfter 18 years with Arsenal, here are 18 things he has still never done as the Gunners' manager
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
ebooksAn unforgettable anthology of contemporary reportage
Life and Style
The new Windows 10 Start Menu
tech
Arts and Entertainment
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson star in The Twilight Saga but will not be starring in the new Facebook mini-movies
tvKristen Stewart and Stephenie Meyer will choose female directrs
Arts and Entertainment
Hilary North's 'How My Life Has Changed', 2001
books(and not a Buzzfeed article in sight)
News
William Hague
people... when he called Hague the county's greatest
News
More than 90 years of car history are coming to an end with the abolition of the paper car-tax disc
newsThis and other facts you never knew about the paper circle - completely obsolete today
Arts and Entertainment
There has been a boom in ticket sales for female comics, according to an industry survey
comedyFirst national survey reveals Britain’s comedic tastes
Arts and Entertainment
Twerking girls: Miley Cyrus's video for 'Wrecking Ball'
arts + ents
Arts and Entertainment
Ed Sheeran performs at his Amazon Front Row event on Tuesday 30 September
musicHe spotted PM at private gig
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

General Cover Teacher

£120 - £125 per day: Randstad Education Luton: Are you looking for part time/ ...

SEN (SLD/PMLD) Teacher

£120 - £130 per day: Randstad Education Chelmsford: Are you a quailed Teacher ...

General Cover Teacher

£120 - £125 per day: Randstad Education Luton: Currently looking for teachers ...

SEN Teaching Assistant Runcorn

£50 per day: Randstad Education Cheshire: SEN Teaching Assistant EBD , Septemb...

Day In a Page

Ebola outbreak: The children orphaned by the virus – then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection

The children orphaned by Ebola...

... then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection
Pride: Are censors pandering to homophobia?

Are censors pandering to homophobia?

US film censors have ruled 'Pride' unfit for under-16s, though it contains no sex or violence
The magic of roundabouts

Lords of the rings

Just who are the Roundabout Appreciation Society?
Why do we like making lists?

Notes to self: Why do we like making lists?

Well it was good enough for Ancient Egyptians and Picasso...
Hong Kong protests: A good time to open a new restaurant?

A good time to open a new restaurant in Hong Kong?

As pro-democracy demonstrators hold firm, chef Rowley Leigh, who's in the city to open a new restaurant, says you couldn't hope to meet a nicer bunch
Paris Fashion Week: Karl Lagerfeld leads a feminist riot on 'Boulevard Chanel'

Paris Fashion Week

Lagerfeld leads a feminist riot on 'Boulevard Chanel'
Bruce Chatwin's Wales: One of the finest one-day walks in Britain

Simon Calder discovers Bruce Chatwin's Wales

One of the finest one-day walks you could hope for - in Britain
10 best children's nightwear

10 best children's nightwear

Make sure the kids stay cosy on cooler autumn nights in this selection of pjs, onesies and nighties
Manchester City vs Roma: Five things we learnt from City’s draw at the Etihad

Manchester City vs Roma

Five things we learnt from City’s Champions League draw at the Etihad
Martin Hardy: Mike Ashley must act now and end the Alan Pardew reign

Trouble on the Tyne

Ashley must act now and end Pardew's reign at Newcastle, says Martin Hardy
Isis is an hour from Baghdad, the Iraq army has little chance against it, and air strikes won't help

Isis an hour away from Baghdad -

and with no sign of Iraq army being able to make a successful counter-attack
Turner Prize 2014 is frustratingly timid

Turner Prize 2014 is frustratingly timid

The exhibition nods to rich and potentially brilliant ideas, but steps back
Last chance to see: Half the world’s animals have disappeared over the last 40 years

Last chance to see...

The Earth’s animal wildlife population has halved in 40 years
So here's why teenagers are always grumpy - and it's not what you think

Truth behind teens' grumpiness

Early school hours mess with their biological clocks
Why can no one stop hackers putting celebrities' private photos online?

Hacked photos: the third wave

Why can no one stop hackers putting celebrities' private photos online?