A few highlights from a full life

  • 1884: born in Weston-super-Mare, on St George’s Day, 23rd April
  • 1904: becomes managing director of the family firm, Chamberlain Pole & Co, flour, grain and
  • cereal merchants.
  • 1907: July, credited (in the Daily Express and elsewhere) with finding the Holy Grail.
  • 1907: August, begins lifelong Quest to Istanbul, seeking the lost Gospel of Polycarp.

 

  • 1912: marries Florence Snelling, with whom he has three children over the next nine years.
  • 1915: publishes The Great War, a slim but dramatically mystical view of the world crisis.
  • 1917: August, publishes Private Dowding, a small classic of discarnate communication.
  • 1917: December, wounded in action as a second lieutenant on the Palestine front.
  • 1918: saves the Persian prophet Abdul Baha from assassination.
  • 1919: May, leaves the army with the rank of Major.
  • 1919: June, awarded the O.B.E. in the Birthday Honours.
  • 1919: December, establishes his own
  • firm, W. Tudor Pole & Co, of 61 St. James Street.
  • 1922: widens his Istanbul Quest to seek the lost library of the Emperor Justinian.
  • 1922: sets up the Appeal for the Russian Clergy, who are being persecuted by the Bolsheviks; remains honorary treasurer for the next twelve years.
  • 1924: helps form esparto grass companies in Algeria to supply Scottish paper mills.
  • 1926: introduces British capital to Italian land reclamation scheme at Gargano; enlists Padre Pio's blessing on the project.
  • 1928: initiates pilgrim group activity to revive sacred sites in Britain and Europe, with special reference to St Michael.
  • 1931: puts the Istanbul Quest on an archaeological footing via his friend Sir David Russell and the Walker Trust of St Andrews University.
  • 1936: forms Wellesley Holdings Ltd to transform town waste into organic fertiliser; company later sold to Harold Macmillan M.P.
  • 1940: founds the Big Ben Silent Minute in World War Two (by 1944 over ten million people are keeping the minute regularly).
  • 1948: as company director of Emion Ltd attempts to bring natural products into a market dominated by synthetic drugs.
  • 1953: dramatic and mysterious finale to the Istanbul Quest.
  • 1959: organises purchase of Chalice Well for the nation.
  • 1960: publishes 'The Silent Road', a remarkable volume of anecdotes and ideas, both spiritual and psychic.
  • 1965: publishes 'A Man Seen Afar', an even more remarkable volume, offering, in part, far-memories of Jesus.
  • 1968: publishes 'Writing On The Ground', a follow up to 'A Man Seen Afar' and including much material on the Bahai movement.
  • 1968: 13th September, his final withdrawal: ("as life cannot be extinguished we speak a falsehood whenever we refer to a person's death").
  • 1979: Rosamond Lehmann publishes 'My Dear Alexias' a selection from his letters to her, which contains his most unguarded statements on spiritual and psychic matters.