Master 1947 - Sir Frederick Tidbury-Beer died in 1959 at the age of 67. He was a faithful and distinguished citizen of London, who for more than 40 years had given unsparingly to the square mile. No man of his time was more devoted to the City and few, if any, more steeped in its history and tradition. Certainly few men of the 20th century have been liverymen of so many of the City Companies, and his knowledge of the origins, growth and development had become encyclopaedic.
Born on 16 January 1892, the third son of G. Beer, he was educated at Temple Grove, Mercers' and King's College Schools, but he was only 13 when he was sent into the City as office boy to a stock-broking firm. He quickly made good and within six years he entered the Stock Exchange as a clerk. Frederick's career was interrupted bythe outbreak of the First World War and in 1915 he joined the Anglo-French Red Cross from which he was attached to the French Army Medical Service as radiologist and pharmacist, for which he received the Medaille d'Honeur. For a while before returning to the City he was a technical officer in the Royal Air Force. After the war Frederick returned to the Stock Exchange and was elected a member in1922 at the age of30, where he remained until his retirement.
His municipal life began when he was living in Hertfordshire and was elected a member of the Urban District Council of Welwyn Garden City. However, he had already become absorbed in London's affairs as a Liveryman and in 1940 he was elected tothe Court of Common Council upon which he remained until 1954, sitting on various Corporation committees particularly relating to post Second World War planning and reconstruction. Frederick was Sheriff, 1945-46, an Alderman of Cheap Ward and one of the Lieutenants of the City of London. He was a trustee or a governor of various schools and hospitals as well as a churchwarden of St Botolph Without Bishopsgate, 1944-53He was knighted in 1947 for public services and it was only ill-health that deprived him of the opportunity of serving as LordMayor.
Frederick became Master of the Company of Gold & Silver Wyre Drawers, was an honorary Freeman of the Company of Fanmakers, a member of the Court of Assistance of the Company of Parish Clerks, a Liveryman of the Company of Innholders, Master of the Guild of Freeman and for 20 years a member of the Council of the City Livery Club of which, in 1944-45, he was president. He was also associated with a dozen or more other City organizations. In spite of all these interests and preoccupations as well as his professional activities in the City, he travelled considerably and read widely, his favourite topic being the history of London.
In one particular direction Frederick was especially true to his heritage. He was essentially a religious man. He appreciated and loved theclose links between the Church and the State, which are so splendidly exemplified by the City. He valued these things in no formal way, as if they were an interesting historical relic, and nomore. His religion was very real to him. It was a matter of personal conviction, a matter of theheart and mind. It was seen in the time and care which he gave to causes connected with the organisation of the church and witnessed in his devotion to St Botolph, but more profoundly his religion showed itself in his personal character and bearing. He was the very opposite of the picture which the world chose to paint of the successful businessman.
In 1930 Frederick married Mabel Constance, the younger daughter of Robert Johnson, of Butterton Hall, Newcastle, Staffordshire and they had one daughter.