Thomas, C(harles) Drayton (1867–1953)
British clergyman who was an active member of the Society
for Psychical Research, London, for many years. He was a
Council member from 1934–53 and one of the first regular sitters
with the medium Gladys Osborne Leonard. He reported
on her phenomena in the society’s Journal and Proceedings.
He worked with W. Whateley Carington in the quantitative
study of trance personalities. His many articles and several
books indicate an interest in psychical research as a means of
supporting his belief in life after death.
His books include Some Evidence for Human Survival (1922),
Life Beyond Death with Evidence (1928), The Mental Phenomena of
Spiritualism (1930), An Amazing Experiment, Beyond Life’s Sunset
(1931), From Life to Life (1946), In the Dawn Beyond Death, and
Precognition and Human Survival (1948).
Thomas died July 14, 1953.
Sources
Allison, L. W. ‘‘Obituary The Reverend C. Drayton Thomas.’’
Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research 48
(1953).
Berger, Arthur S., and Joyce Berger. The Encyclopedia of
Parapsychology and Psychical Research. New York Paragon
House, 1991.
Thomas, C. Drayton. ‘‘The Volume of Byron A Significant
Book Test.’’ Proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research
48, 175 (1946–49).
———. ‘‘The Word Association Test with Mrs. Osborne
Leonard.’’ Proceedings of the Society for Psycical Research 43,
141 (1935).