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Outline chronology: 1928
Lawrence is working hard to complete the final draft of The Mint, his book about life in the ranks of the RAF. Meanwhile his competence in the office has led to an ever-increasing amount of RAF clerical work.
Having aroused the enmity of the new camp Commanding Officer, Lawrence applies for a transfer elsewhere in India.
On 26 May Lawrence is moved to Peshawar, where he stays two days before travelling to Miranshah on the Afghan border. Here, in the smallest RAF station in India, he is given simple clerical duties - a huge reduction in his workload.
Having completed The Mint, Lawrence is now working on a new translation of Homer's Odyssey commissioned by the American typographer Bruce Rogers. His first task is to submit Book I as a specimen. He finishes this on 30 June.
Lawrence - and his friends at Miranshah - are delighted by the gift of a gramophone from Charlotte Shaw.
Fictional reports begin to appear in the British press, and are then taken up by the Indian press, claiming that Lawrence is spying for Britain in Afghanistan disguised as a Pir (a Moslem spiritual guide). Despite official denials, the rumours grow. This fresh Lawrence embarrassment causes much consternation in Government circles.
Lawrence applies for, and is awarded, a five-year extension to his period of enlistment in the RAF.
An uprising in Afghanistan - just ten miles from Miranshah - makes his continued presence in the area too much of an embarrassment. French and Russian newspapers assert that he is really employed as an agitator and spy.
T.E. Lawrence 1888-1935
1888 16 August: born at Tremadoc, Wales
1896-1907: City of Oxford High School for Boys
1907-9: Jesus College, Oxford, B.A., 1st Class Hons, 1909
1910-14: Magdalen College, Oxford (Senior Demy), while working at the British Museum's excavations at Carchemish
1915-16: Military Intelligence Dept, Cairo
1916-18: Liaison Officer with the Arab Revolt
1919: Attended the Paris Peace Conference
1919-22: wrote Seven Pillars of Wisdom
1921-2: Adviser on Arab Affairs to Winston Churchill at the Colonial Office
1922 August: Enlisted in the Ranks of the RAF
1923 January: discharged from the RAF
1923 March: enlisted in the Tank Corps
1923: translated a French novel, The Forest Giant
1924-6: prepared the subscribers' abridgement of Seven Pillars of Wisdom
1927-8: stationed at Karachi, then Miranshah
1927 March: Revolt in the Desert, an abridgement of Seven Pillars, published
1928: completed The Mint, began translating Homer's Odyssey
1929-33: stationed at Plymouth
1931: started working on RAF boats
1932: his translation of the Odyssey published
1933-5: attached to MAEE, Felixstowe
1935 February: retired from the RAF
1935 19 May: died from injuries received in a motor-cycle crash on 13 May
1935 21 May: buried at Moreton, Dorset