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Outline chronology: 1932
Lawrence crews an RAF 200 for a long coastal voyage to Donibristle on the west coast of Scotland.
Work begins testing a new armoured version of the seaplane-tender, to be used as a target for practice-bombs.
Lawrence takes an armoured boat to Bridlington, where he stays for six weeks, helping to supervise repairs to RAF workboats.
Lawrence sees Bernard Shaw's Too Good To Be True, in which he is parodied as 'Private Meek'. Fresh press attention to his activities forces him to relinquish his boat work at Hythe. He returns to Plymouth where he has more free time and is able to catch up with his correspondence. He begins editing a book of war memoirs by Ian Tyre.
The Bruce Rogers Odyssey is published. A trade edition in the USA, where Lawrence's name is given as translator, is extremely successful. The income from this allows him to begin improvements to Clouds Hill.
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