1888, 16 August
Thomas Edward Lawrence is born in Tremadog, North Wales.
The Lawrence family moves to Oxford.
Lawrence studies at Jesus College, Oxford. For his thesis on
crusader castles he cycles 2,400 miles through France and walks
1,100 miles in Syria.
Lawrence starts work as an archaeologist at Carchemish in Syria.
War begins. Lawrence is sent to Cairo.
Lawrence's two brothers, Will and Frank, die in France.
The Arab Revolt begins and Lawrence joins Sherif Faisal in
his campaigns against the Turkish poeple.
Damascus is captured from the Turks. Lawrence returns to England.
The Paris Peace Conference dashes Arab dreams of independence.
Lawrence, working with Churchill at the Colonial Office, helps
to achieve some degree of Arab self-rule.
Lawrence first joins the Royal Air Force under the pseudonym
of J.H. Ross, but disclosures in the press cause his discharge.
He serves in the Tank Corps, then rejoins the RAF as T.E. Shaw.
During this period he publishes Seven Pillars of Wisdom,
The Mint and his translations of Le Corbeau's
Gigantesque and Homer's Odyssey.
1935, 19 May
Lawrence dies as a result of a motorcycle accident near his
home in Dorset.