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Outline chronology: 1933
On 6 March, bored with normal service duties at Plymouth, Lawrence requests a discharge. The request is approved.
On 15 April, the Daily Mail reports Lawrence's discharge, but on 19 April he is offered a posting to the RAF Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment at Felixstowe. He accepts, and arrives on 28 April. At around this time, the military historian Liddell Hart begins work on a new biography of Lawrence.
After two weeks at Felixstowe, Lawrence begins to travel frequently on RAF business - to Hythe, East Cowes, Manchester, and London. His job is so time-consuming that he is forced to give up all literary work.
King Feisal of Iraq dies in Switzerland.
The British Legion Journal publishes three chapters from The Mint, pirated by an unscrupulous intermediary from a typescript copy. The incident annoys Lawrence's superiors.
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