1 May 1864, in St Pancras, Middlesex, England
Father: John Robert Dicksee
Mother: Mary Ann (Bernard) Dicksee
London School, where his father was drawing master. In 1903 he was
conferred the degree of M.Com at the University of
Birmingham "in recognition of his published work and membership of the
Occupation: Chartered Accountant,
Accountancy and author.
Lawrence was admitted as an Associate of the Institute of Chartered
Accountants in 1886, only six years after the Institute was founded. He
initially practised on his own account for three years, then joined Mr.
Peter Price of Cardiff. In 1894 he returned to London and in September
formed the firm of Sellars, Dicksee & Co. in partnership with
Arthur J. Sellars. Lawrence was a prolific and influential author of
accounting texts and his first book, Auditing: a practical manual for auditors
first published in 1892, had a widespread impact on the profession. He
subsequently authored a large number of books on various accounting and
business practices and has been described as the father of modern
accounting. In 1902 he was appointed Professor of
Accounting at the University of Birmingham (the first professor of
accounting at a British university) and the same year he was Lecturer
in Accounting at the London School of Economics. He held both posts, as
well as continuing private practice and writing a number of books, for
four years before resigning the Birmingham post in Decemebr 1906. In
1912, Lawrence was given the title of Reader in Accountancy at L.S.E.
and appointed as Professor of Accountancy and Business Organization in
1918. On his retirement in 1926, he received the title of Emeritus
Professor of Accountancy at the University of London.
Who's who pp437-8 (1905) DICKSEE,
Prof. Lawrence Robert, M.Com., F.C.A., head of firm of Sellars,
Dicksee, and Co., chartered accountants; Professor of Accounting at the
University of Birmingham; Member of the Faculty of Economics of the
University of London; Lecturer on Accounting at the London School of
Economics (University of London); b.
1 May 1864; s. of J. R.
Dicksee; m. 1894, Nora
Beatrice, y. d. of Rowland
Plumbe, F.R.I.B.A. Educ.:
City of London School. In practice as a chartered accountant since
1886; during last twelve years author of numerous books on accounts; on
the staff of the Universities of Birmingham and London since 1902. Publications: Auditing (sixth
edition); Book-keeping for Accountant Students (fourth edition);
Book-keeping for Company Secretaries (third edition); Book-keeping
Exercises for Accountant Students; Goodwill and its Treatment in
Accounts (second edition); Profits Available for Dividend; Auctioneer's
Accounts; Solicitor's Accounts; Advanced Accounting; Depreciation,
Reserves and Reserve Funds, etc. Address:
48 Copthall Avenue, London, E.C.; University, Birmingham. Club: Clef, Birmingham.
Army Officer. Lawrence was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the
Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment) on 7 April
1916 (London Gazette 4 April 1916 p3685). At the time of his death just over a month later, he was serving in D Company, 3rd Battalion of the Sherwood
Death: 9 May 1916 in South
Shields district, Durham, England, aged 18. Lawrence died of accidental injuries whilst serving with the Sherwood
Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment).
Sunderland (Mere Knolls) cemetery, Durham, where Lawrence Rowland Arthur Dicksee is buried