Robert Kindersley, 1st Baron Kindersley

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Kindersley
GBE
Comité Dawes.jpg
Photograph of the Dawes Committee, chaired by Charles G. Dawes with Robert Kindersley on the right.
Born Robert Molesworth Kindersley
(1871-11-21)21 November 1871
Wanstead, UK
Died 20 July 1954(1954-07-20) (aged 82)
Nationality British
Occupation Banker
Known for Chairman of the National Savings Committee
Spouse(s) Gladys Margaret (Beadle) Kindersley (1896)
Children 6

Robert Molesworth Kindersley, 1st Baron Kindersley GBE (21 November 1871 – 20 July 1954) was an English businessman, stockbroker, merchant banker, and public servant who organised the National Savings movement.

Background[edit]

Kindersley was born in Wanstead, Essex. His father was an Old Etonian from a wealthy family who had been a Captain in the Indian Army, but had fallen on hard times since resigning his commission and becoming a chemist. Kindersley was educated at Repton School, but was forced to leave in 1887 when his father could no longer afford the fees.

Banking career[edit]

He then became a clerk in several London firms before joining the London Stock Exchange in 1901, becoming a partner in David A. Bevan & Co in 1902 and the merchant bank Lazard Brothers & Co in 1905, a firm with which he was connected for the rest of his life and of which he became chairman in 1919.

Public service[edit]

He was Governor of the Hudson's Bay Company from 1915 to 1925 and a director of the Bank of England from 1914 to 1946. In 1924 he was the senior British representative on the Dawes Committee.

Kindersley is chiefly recognised for his work as chairman of the National Savings Committee from 1916 to 1920; he was then its president until 1946.

He was also a major shareholder in the Canadian Northern Railway, later amalgamated into Canadian National Railways, and the town of Kindersley, Saskatchewan, was named after him.

Personal life[edit]

He married Gladys Margaret Beadle on 3 November 1896 and had six children, Lionel, Hugh, Margaret, Richard, Philip and Elizabeth.[1] Lord Kindersley was succeeded in the Barony by his second son Hugh, his eldest son Lionel having been killed in action in the First World War.

Honours[edit]

Kindersley was knighted as Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) in 1917 and raised to Knight Grand Cross (GBE) in the 1920 civilian war honours for his chairmanship of the National Savings Committee. He served as High Sheriff of Sussex for 1928 [2] and in 1941 was raised to the peerage as Baron Kindersley, of West Hoathly in the County of West Sussex.

Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
New Creation
Baron Kindersley
1941–1954
Succeeded by
Hugh Kindersley

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The peerage, Person Page - 5790". The peerage. Retrieved May 29, 2014. 
  2. ^ "No. 33369". The London Gazette. 23 March 1928. p. 2127.