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Outline chronology: 1935
Lawrence meets Alexander Korda and persuades him to abandon plans for a film version of Revolt in the Desert.
The press learn of Lawrence's impending retirement from the RAF. Having accumulated some entitlement to leave, he sets off from Bridlington on 25 February, five days earlier than the press expect. He travels slowly by bicycle to Clouds Hill, visiting friends on the way.
Lawrence arrives at Clouds Hill to find it besieged by journalists and photographers. He leaves immediately and goes into hiding in London, calling himself Mr T. E. Smith. On 15 March he returns home, to find that the cottage is still being watched by cameramen. He contacts various press chiefs and persuades then to call off their reporters.
Lawrence returns to Clouds Hill and occupies himself with further improvements.
On 13 May Lawrence takes his motorbike to Bovington Post Office to send a parcel of books to a friend and a telegram to Henry Williamson. On his way back to Clouds Hill he swerves to avoid two boy cyclists and is thrown from his machine. He remains in coma for six days and dies on 19 May. He is buried at St Nicholas' Church in Moreton on 21 May.
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