"In the Footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia" Bovington Camp by freya_heaven
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From the day Thomas Edward Lawrence was born in 1888 in North Wales, he was set to have a unique and interesting life.
His father was the seventh Baronet of Westmeath in Ireland Sir Thomas Chapman, his mother was the family governess, which obviously did little to please lady Chapman! Lawrences father and governess mother left the family home and moved to Oxfordshire.
His love of the Middle East was fuelled by a walking tour of Palestine, Syria and Turkey he did whilst on a summer break from Jesus Collage, Oxford in 1909 at the age of 21.
The establishment were so impressed with Lawrences thesis, he was appointed by the British museum to an archeological dig in Syria in 1911.
Lawrence decided archeology was not for him, he next worked on a survey of Palestine until the break of WW1 in 1914 where he joined the intelligence service due to his knowledge of Arabs and the Arab way of life.
He joined the forces of the Arabian sheik Feisal al Husayn in 1916 against the Turks, but was captured the same year, during capivity Lawrence was subjected to beatings and torture repeatedly, he later managed to escape from the Turks his experiences in captivity had greatly effected him.
He had many military victories whilst working with the Arabs and he felt great shame when he learned of the Sykes-Picot Agreement, which promised Syria to the French instead of Syria being an independent Arab state.
Lawrence later went on to write the Seven Pillars of Wisdom about his time with the Arabs, the title was take from a rocky outcrop at Wadi Rum (he also visited Petra whilst he was in Jordan.)
During this time Lawrence had a love of motorbikes, he only rode the fastest in Great Britain at that time which were manufactured by George Brough. This became his downfall and on 13th May, he swerved to avoid 2 boys on bicycles came off his bike near his home. Lawrewnce never regained consciousness and finally died on the 19th of May 1935.
This is just a brief guide T.E Lawrence, there is much more to the life of this obviously very charasmatic, brave and fascinating man, to read a more indepth account of his life check out This website
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