T. E. Lawrence to Clare Sydney Smith
I saw Squeak this afternoon. She was blooming but complained that solitary life was dull. To-day she goes to tea with the Jones family. She has not taken any of the officers to the pictures in Plymouth, because it is difficult to find a single one: meaning that they go in pairs, usually, and she feels not able to entertain two. I had planned to take her out to-morrow, but will not unless the weather is too wet for a sinful indulgence promised me by a millionaire.
Horace's brother is filling all Gregory's bed in hut VI and makes all the E. end of the hut look raffish. A very leering beast. It is rough windy wet and cold. So no water-sports to-day! and to-morrow, with Sund. and part of Monday I shall (weather permitting) be absent. The Biscuit sits in her shed. Launch on Tuesday, perhaps, if the seas go down.
It was the other Iris which failed to get off under extra load: not Mr. Maxton's.
This goes to Regent's Park, though you will be in Cromwell Road. However, what's that!
In London I bought two or three rather nice records: smooth and quiet things. All strings. The gramophone is still in the Fisherman's Arms.
And on Wednesday I
go to Malvern. Life is nearly as hectic as the newspapers make it. They
swear I am revolting in Kurdistan.
Note: The Jones family - Squadron-Leader J.0.H. and Mrs. Jones and their daughter Hermione.
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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