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Outline chronology: 1931
On 4 February Lawrence witnesses a flying boat accident at Mount Batten. The official Inquiry takes up much of his time for the next few weeks. On 26 February he is posted for a week to Southampton to help test the prototype RAF 200 Class fast seaplane-tender. He returns to Plymouth on 7 March.
Lawrence writes a favourable report on the RAF 200 Class Seaplane Tender and is posted to the team responsible for further tests, at Hythe on Southampton Water. This occupies him until June.
Lawrence is given a month's leave and uses it to complete his translation of the Odyssey. It is finished on 15 August. He spends the rest of the holiday with the Sydney Smiths. A shipyard fire on August bank holiday destroys all but one of the first batch of RAF 200 Class boats. Lawrence therefore spends the early autumn at Mount Batten.
Lawrence returns to Hythe on 21 November.
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