Robert Kindersley, 1st Baron Kindersley
The Lord Kindersley
Photograph of the Dawes Committee, chaired by Charles G. Dawes with Robert Kindersley on the right.
Robert Molesworth Kindersley
21 November 1871
|Died||20 July 1954(aged 82)|
|Known for||Chairman of the National Savings Committee|
|Spouse(s)||Gladys Margaret (Beadle) Kindersley (1896)|
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.
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.
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.
From 1915 to 1925, Kindersley was Governor (Company Chairman) of the Hudson's Bay Company, North America's oldest company (established by English royal charter in 1670). He served as 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 married Gladys Margaret Beadle, daughter of Maj-Gen James Prinsep Beadle, of Worton Grange, co. Wiltshire, on 3 November 1896 and had six children, Lionel, Hugh, Margaret, Richard, Philip (who married Oonagh Guinness and Valerie Violet French) and Elizabeth. 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.
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  and in 1941 was raised to the peerage as Baron Kindersley, of West Hoathly in the County of West Sussex.
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- Biography, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
- Leigh Rayment's Peerage Pages [self-published source][better source needed]
- Newspaper clippings about Robert Kindersley, 1st Baron Kindersley in the 20th Century Press Archives of the ZBW
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