T. E. Lawrence

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T. E. Lawrence
With Lawrence in Arabia.jpg
Lawrence in 1919
Birth name Thomas Edward Lawrence
Elk-name Lawrence o Arabie, El Aurens
Born 16 August 1888 (1888-08-16)
Tremadog, Caernarfonshire, Wales, Unitit Kinrick
Dee'd 19 May 1935 (1935-05-20) (aged 46)
Bovington Camp, Dorset, Ingland, Unitit Kinrick
Buried at St Nicholas, Moreton, Dorset
Allegiance Unitit Kinrick Unitit Kinrick
Arab Revolt Kinrick o Hejaz
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg Breetish Airmy
Air Force Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Ryal Air Force
Years o service 1914–18
1923–35
Rank Colonel an Aircraftman
Battles/wars

First Warld War

Awairds Companion o the Order o the Bath[1]
Distinguished Service Order[2]
Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur[3]
Croix de guerre (France)[4]

Thomas Edward Lawrence CB DSO (16 August 1888[5] – 19 Mey 1935) wis a Breetish airchaeologist, militar officer, diplomat an writer. He was renowned for his liaison role during the Sinai and Palestine Campaign and the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Empire during the First Warld War. The breadth and variety o his activities and associations, and his ability to describe them vividly in writing, earned him international fame as Lawrence o Arabia—a title used for the 1962 film based on his wartime activities.

He was born out o wedlock in Tremadog, Wales, in August 1888 to Thomas Chapman (who became, in 1914, Sir Thomas Chapman, 7th Baronet), an Anglo-Irish nobleman from County Westmeath, and Sarah Junner, a Scottish governess (whom Chapman had left his wife and first family in Ireland to cohabit with; they called themselves Mr and Mrs Lawrence). In 1896, the Lawrences moved to Oxford, where their son attended the High School and in 1907–1910 studied History at Jesus College. Between 1910 and 1914 he worked as an archaeologist, chiefly at Carchemish, in what is now Sirie.

Soon after the outbreak o war he volunteered for the Breetish Airmy and was stationed in Egypt. In 1916, he was sent to Arabia on an intelligence mission and quickly became involved with the Arab Revolt, providing, along with other British officers, liaison to the Arab forces. Working closely with Emir Faisal, a leader o the revolt, he participated in and sometimes led military activities against the Ottoman armed forces, culminating in the capture o Damascus in October 1918.

After the war, Lawrence joined the Foreign Office, working with both the British government and with Faisal. In 1922, he retreated from public life and spent the years until 1935 serving as an enlisted man, mostly in the Royal Air Force, with a brief stint in the Army. During this time, he wrote and published his best-known work, Seven Pillars of Wisdom, an autobiographical account o his participation in the Arab Revolt. He also translated books into English and wrote The Mint, which was published posthumously and detailed his time in the Royal Air Force working as an ordinary aircraftman. He corresponded extensively and was friendly with well-known artists, writers, and politicians. For the Royal Air Force, he participated in the development o rescue motorboats.

Lawrence's public image resulted in part from the sensationalised reporting o the Arab revolt by American journalist Lowell Thomas, as well as from Seven Pillars o Wisdom. In 1935, Lawrence was fatally injured in a motorcycle accident in Dorset.


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  1. "No. 30222". The London Gazette (Supplement). 7 August 1917. p. 8103. 
  2. "No. 30681". The London Gazette (Supplement). 10 Mey 1918. p. 5694. 
  3. "No. 29600". The London Gazette. 30 Mey 1916. p. 5321. 
  4. "No. 30638". The London Gazette (Supplement). 16 Aprile 1918. p. 4716.  - p4715 has "Decorations and Medals presented by THE PRESIDENT OF THE FRENCH REPUBLIC."
  5. His offeecial birth record leets 15 August 1888 as birth date, accordin tae his faither's statement (no time o birth). However, his mither statit that he wis born in the early oors o 16 August an, accordin tae extant documents, it wis on this date that his birthday wis celebratit.