Mgr. Henry John Poskitt, Bishop of Leeds, died early on Sunday morning after a long illness. He was 62.
The Archbishop of Liverpool, Mgr, Downey, had visited him the previous evening, and his sister, Miss Poskitt, was with him when he died: Solemn Requiem Mass will be offered in St. Anne's Cathedral this (Friday) morning by Archbishop Downey, Mgr. Poskitt was a convert to the Church.
Of yeoman stock, he was born at Birkin, a farming village near Pontefract, and retained country hobbies —one of them was beekeeping—all his life.
He was consecrated as Bishop of Leeds on September 21, 1936.
Before his conversion he was a curate at St. Hilda's Anglican Church, Leeds, and was the second Anglican priest from Leeds to become a Catholic Bishop, the first being Bishop Wilkinson of Hexham and Newcastle.