GROUP OF SIX MINIATURES TO COLONEL CHARLES RICHARD FOSTER SEYMOUR-HAMPSHIRE REGIMENT AND INDIAN ARMY- A WELL KNOWN MAGICIAN AND OCCULTIST-HE ALSO WORKED FOR THE S.I.S. IN WW2
Queens South Africa Medal, clasps; CAPE COLONY/ORANGE FREE STATE/TRANSVAAL/SOUTH AFRICA 1901
1914/15 Star trio,
General Service Medal,clasp IRAQ,
India General Service Medal, clasp: WAZIRISTAN 1921-24
Charles Richard Foster Seymour was born at Parsontown, Ireland in 1880.
Seymour joined the Hampshire Regiment as a Second Lieutenant
as a university candidate, and was augmented on 16/02/1900
Lieutenant LG May29, 1903,Captain L.G. May 14th 1909 (13th Rajputs)
Seved in WW1 -m.i.c.states Major-T/Lt Col.
He served in German East Africa at Tanga-and is mentioned in "The soldiers burden" as being in charge of a patrol of the 13th Rajputs ,and observing enemy machine gun positions, which was not taken seriously by Brigade headquarters.
He relinquished his temporary rank of Lieutenant Col. on ceasing to to hold an appointment as A.A.G.(London Gazette 20th November 1924)
Colonel Charles Richard Foster Seymour was a well- known Magician and Occultist,who also wrote several works, including
"The diplomatic background of the War" published in 1916 and
"The forgotten Mage: the magical lectures of C.R.F.Seymour"
In the 1930's he formed an Association with the well-known occultist and practiser Dion Fortune ( Violet May Firth) who devoted her life to study of the occult and had numerous books, articles, and seven novels published in her lifetime.
Michael Howard, in his article "The Occult War Secret Agents,Magicians and Hitler" sets out the links between the Nazi Party and their links with the occult,and especially activities of Aleister Crowley.He mentions the anti-Nazi activities of Dione Fortune and her "Fraternity of the inner light" which have been published as "The magical Battle of Britain".Dione Fortune had a link by Marriage to Cecil Williams' MI6 recruiter Major Edward Maltby.Both he and and another MI6 officer,Anthony Daws, belonged to a magical lodge led by Christine Hartley,one of Fortunes' students,until they fell out, and her then magical partner was Charles Richard Foster Seymour.known as "Kim" His article states that Seymour served in the Indian Army and had taken part in covert actions in Iraq during the First World War and worked as a Russian translator.He was employed by the War Office to intercept and study enemy messages.Using his specialist knowledge his job description included investigating links between British and German occult groups.Later Seymour joined the SIS,and during the war he became head of the Dutch section of SOE,which cannot have been much later, as he died suddenly and unexpectedly in 1943.
For further reading see "Dancers to the Gods"-"The magical records of Charles Seyour and Christine Hartly 1937-39" by Alan Richardson
Very interesting group and recipient, worthy of further research.
for full size group see item no: 52201