William Resbury Few

William Resbury Few
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William Resbury Few was born at Putney, Surrey on 15 July 1860.

He was the son of Charles Few, a solicitor and his wife, Jane née Garrard. Few was educated at Wellington College, and was in the Picton before training as a solicitor.

He was initiated as a freemason in Royal Somerset House and Inverness Lodge No IV, London on 27 May 1889, where he was passed on 25 November that year, raised on 24 March 1890 and served as Grand Steward in 1898 and Worshipful Master in 1899.

He became a joining member of Old Wellingtonian Lodge, No. 3404, London in 1912, where he served as Worshipful Master in 1920. He also served the Lodge for several years as Treasurer.

He was also became a member of Jubilee Masters Lodge No 2712 in 1915 and Letchworth Lodge No 3505, the Lodge for those at FMH, in 1912, where he served as Worshipful Master in 1917.

He was appointed Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies by the United Grand Lodge of England in 1911, Assistant Grand Secretary in 1912 and Past Grand Junior Deacon in 1922.

In Royal Arch he was exalted in Royal Somerset House and Inverness Chapter No IV on 4 February 1901, where he served as First Principal in 1915. He became a Founder and inaugural First Principal of Letchworth Chapter No 3505, London in 1912. He was appointed Assistant Grand Scribe E by the Supreme Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of England and Wales in 1912, Past Grand Standard Bearer in 1913 and Past Assistant Grand Sojourner in 1922. In Mark Masonry he was advanced in Bon Accord Lodge, T. I. , London in 1913. He supported the Masonic charities and became a Life Governor of the three Masonic Institutions.

He died at his home at Hampton Hill on 18 November 1926.