Updated June 2012
T. E. Lawrence to his family
General Staff -
The Force in Egypt
[possibly 29 January*]
A huge scurry this week. I have left writing till too late. Miss Bell went to India yesterday. Have been very busy lately working at the camel-trade in Arabia, and on several other points. Will try and write a letter next week. This week my head has been a compost of wool and pulp; horribly cold weather.
Staff re-organisation ended: we stay as before, but have to do more work: one new man is added: name Deedes.
I don't think I ever told you who "we" are
(i) Colonel Clayton - Chief.
(ii) Capt. Deedes - Suspects.
(iii) Capt. Cornwallis - S.W. Arabia.
(iv) Capt. MacDonnell - Tripolitania.
(v) Capt. Graves - Turkish Army.
(vi) Major [unclear: Engleton or Engledon] - Censor
(vii) Capt. Beaumont - Censor.
(viii) Major Hennessey - Suspects.
(ix) Woolley - French Fleet.
(x) Major Garvice - Alexandria.
(xi) Major Barlow - Suez.
(xii) Colonel Jennings-Bramly - Ismailia.
(xiii) Armbruster - Enemy Trading.
(xiv) Rider - " "
(xv) Capt. Hadkinson - French Fleet.
(xvi) Capt. Stirling - Port Said.
(xvii) Myself - Maps.
There are a lot of others.
*Editor's note: See Gertrude Bell's letter to her father of 28 January.
|Source:||HL p. 313|
|Last revised:||1 January 2006|
T. E. Lawrence chronology
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