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Wellesley Tudor-Pole

Wellesley Tudor-Pole

During World War I, Tudor Pole served in the Directorate of Military Intelligence in the Middle East and was directly involved in addressing the concerns raised by the Ottoman threats against ‘Abdu’l-Bahá which ultimately required General Allenby altering his plans for the prosecution of the war in the Palestine theatre.[7] After the War, Tudor Pole began his writing career with Private Dowding which dealt with a soldier and his afterlife, and instituted The Silent Minute (in collaboration with Sir Winston Churchill), which united the British people each evening at 9 p.m. at the chiming of Big Ben on the radio. Then came The Lamplighter Movement.[8] These led to the Remembrance Day observance.[9] In 1921, while Tudor Pole was Secretary of the Local Spiritual Assembly in London,[10] the telegram announcing the death of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá by his sister, Bahiyyih Khanum, arrived at Tudor Pole’s home in London and it was there read by Shoghi Effendi.[11] -Wikipedia