Henry Hamilton Beamish

Henry Hamilton Beamish (2 June 1873 – 27 March 1948) was a leading British antisemite and the founder of The Britons in 1919 which soon for some decades focussed on its publishing arm, of which he was president.[clarification needed] From the age of 46 he was a touring speaker, claimed to have taught Adolf Hitler and was on the payroll of Nazi Germany across North America, with emphasis on Canada. From 1938 he lived in South Rhodesia where he spent two years as an independent politician, saw wartime internment and died short of three years after the end of World War II aged 74.

Background and military serviceEdit

The son of Rear-Admiral Henry Hamilton Beamish, who had served as an A.D.C. to Queen Victoria, Beamish was born in London.[1] He appears in the UK 1891 Census as an agricultural student in Suffolk. He served in the Second Boer War as captain[2] and settled in South Africa for over a decade. However he left the country, forming a view that Jews held too much influence there.[3]


Returned to London, in 1918 Beamish set up The Britons as a specifically antisemitic propaganda organisation and also became involved with the Silver Badge Party. He ran as an independent in the 1918 Clapham by-election on an absolute war-at-home, anti-immigrant platform supported by right-wing MP Noel Pemberton Billing pitched against one of the two, established, coalition-partner parties' candidates — he polled 43% of the vote.[4] Along with Lieutenant-Commander E.M. Frazer, he produced a poster in 1919 denouncing First Commissioner of Works, chemist and industrialist Sir Alfred Mond as a traitor. This resulted in a libel suit filed by Mond who was successful and was awarded £5000. Beamish left Britain without paying.[5]

Afterwards he travelled the world preaching anti-Semitism.[6] He was one of the earliest developers of the Madagascar Plan for Jewish deportation.[7] He spoke in Germany, where he claimed, rather dubiously, to have taught Adolf Hitler.[8] In the early 1920s Beamish announced that "Bolshevism was Judaism."[9] He served as vice-president of the Imperial Fascist League for a time[10] and was a member of the Nordic League.[11] In 1932 he addressed a meeting of the New Party alongside Arnold Leese on the subject of "The Blindness of British Politics under the Jew Money-Power", although he otherwise had little involvement with the initiatives of Oswald Mosley.[12]

Described by a judge in South Africa in 1934 as an "anti-Jewish fanatic",[13] he travelled to the US in 1935, where he worked as a representative of the German government, specifically as a Nazi agent.[14] In September 1936 he visited Japan, and then spoke at a meeting of the Canadian Nationalist Party in Winnipeg in 1936[15] before embarking on a major lecture tour of Nazi Germany as a guest of Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop. He met fellow fanatical anti-Semite Julius Streicher in Nuremberg in January 1937.[7] That year he spoke at meetings in North America with Canadian fascist leader Adrien Arcand, including some organized by the German American Bund.[16]

He settled in 1938 in Southern Rhodesia, where he served as an independent MP and was interned in 1940 for his pro-Nazi sentiments.[17] He remained president of The Britons until his death in Southern Rhodesia.


  1. ^ Toczek 2016, p. 2.
  2. ^ Toczek, Nick; Haters, Baiters and Would-Be Dictators: Anti-Semitism and the UK Far Right, Routledge, 3 Dec 2015, P.68. Bolton, Dr. Kerry; Yockey: A Fascist Odyssey, Arktos Media, 3 Feb 2018, P.162
  3. ^ Richard Griffiths, Fellow Travellers on the Right, Oxford University Press, 1983, p. 61
  4. ^ The Times, 22 June 1918
  5. ^ Philip Hoare, Oscar Wilde's Last Stand, Arcade Publishing (1998), p. 212
  6. ^ Toczek 2016, p. 46.
  7. ^ a b Toczek 2016, p. 44.
  8. ^ Griffiths, Fellow Travellers on the Right, p. 98
  9. ^ James Webb (1976): Occult Establishment: The Dawn of the New Age and The Occult Establishment, (Open Court Publishing), p. 130, ISBN 0-87548-434-4
  10. ^ R. Thurlow, Fascism in Britain: A History, 1918–1985, Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1987, p. 70
  11. ^ Richard Thurlow, Fascism in Britain: A History, 1918–1985, Basil Blackwell, 1987, p. 80
  12. ^ Robert Skidelsky, Oswald Mosley, Macmillan, 1981, p. 291
  13. ^ Toczek 2016, p. 38.
  14. ^ Toczek 2016, p. 39.
  15. ^ Toczek 2016, p. 43.
  16. ^ Toczek 2016, p. 52.
  17. ^ Herbert Arthur Strauss, Hostages of Modernization: Studies on Modern Antisemitism, 1870-1933/39, Walter de Gruyter (1993), p. 303, ISBN 3-11-010776-7


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  • Toczek, Nick (2016). Haters, Baiters and Would-be Dictators: Anti-Semitism and the UK Far Right.