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Robert George Fenn Kidson

Robert George Fenn Kidson CBE was a man and mason well known to all the Public School Lodge brethren of his time.

Born 5 February 1874, to William Henry Kidson and Charlotte Ann Emily Kidson (nee Fenn). William was a Chartered Accountant in whose footsteps Robert would follow after leaving Merchant Taylors’ in 1889. He qualified ACA in 1896 and was made a Fellow (FAC) in 1910. He served on the Staff of the Accountant General of the Navy during the Great War, and advised the Government on shipping costs in the aftermath. He was made a CBE in 1921:

“Fenn Kidson, Esq., for services rendered to the Ministry of Shipping in connection with ship-building.

He was a Liveryman, suitably enough with the Merchant Taylors’ Company,

He was Master of Sir Thomas White in 1901, a Founder of the Chapter and was made PGD by Grand Lodge. He was also a member of the Lodge of Unity No 69, being installed as their Bi-Centenary Master on 13 April 1942 by the Grand Secretary at the time VW Bro Sydney A White PGD. He was also an honorary member of several sister PSLC Lodges, including the Old Wellingtonian Lodge No 3404.

He became a member of the Committee of the PSLC in 1928, the year Sir Thomas White Lodge joined the PSLC, and he became Secretary o the Council in 1933, remaining in post until 1962, only a few years before being called to the Grand Lodge Above in 1965.

Outside masonry he was a keen photographer and a member of the Brixton and Clapham Camera Club, of which he was Hon Sec.