T. E. Lawrence to Clare Sydney Smith
Bang goes this week-end, too. I am to proceed to Redhill by road, taking with me the completed draft of my handbook to the 200 class of R.A.F. seaplane tenders... and to go on to London next Monday on the same business. That is that!
I have finished the new dinghy testing: the Hyland control testing: and (almost) the handbook. Remains the handing over of the 17 new boats of the 200 class (two weeks hard work) and the testing of an experimental boat (two ditto . . .).
Working on one's own gives no excuse for weekends. Week-ends are only plausible when everybody takes them, as in camp. Here, at Hythe, they seem quite 'inadmissible.'
However, I will report lack of progress steadily until the free Saturday dawns: and then, heigh for Hamble (or will it rain?)!
|Last revised:||2 July 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