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Date of Birth 16 August 1888Tremadoc, Caernarvonshire, Wales, UK
Date of Death 19 May 1935Clouds Hill, Dorset, England, UK  (motorcycle accident)
Birth NameThomas Edward Lawrence
Nicknames Lawrence of Arabia
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Height 5' 5½" (1.66 m)

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T.E. Lawrence was born on August 16, 1888 in Tremadoc, Caernarvonshire, Wales as Thomas Edward Lawrence. He was a writer, known for Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and With Allenby in Palestine and Lawrence in Arabia (1919). He died on May 19, 1935 in Clouds Hill, Dorset, England.

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British officer who led the Arab armies against the Turks in the Middle East during World War I from 1915 to 1918.
Appears on the sleeve of The Beatles' "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album.
He was awarded the C.B. (Companion of Bath) and the D.S.O. (Distinguished Service Order Medal but later allegedly declined the Knight Commander of Bath honor.
He served in the Royal Air Force as an enlisted man under the names John Hume Ross and Thomas Edward Shaw. He joined the RAF anonymously for the first time in 1922, but quit due to press publicity. He later joined the Royal Tank Corps, but transferred back to the RAF in 1925. He served 10 years as an enlisted men with the RAF from 1925 until shortly before his death.
Was a close friend of Virginia Woolf, and had an active correspondence with her.
Was a friend of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
While staying at Winston Churchill's country home, Chartwell, Lawrence came to the dinner tabled dressed in the robes of an Arabian prince. Churchill's children were enchanted, and applauded him.

Personal Quotes (1)

There could be no honor in a sure success, but much might be wrested from a sure defeat.

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