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T E Lawrence Thomas Edward Lawrence called Lawrence of Arabia 1888-1935 was a great British adventurer soldier and author who started and led the Arab revolt against the Ottoman Empire during world war I which lasted from 1914 to 1918 Lawrence was born in Tremadoc Wales and he got a fine education at the University of Oxford In 1910 he joined a British Museum archaeological expedition to the ancient city known as Carchemish which today is called Karkamis Turkey To get to his destination he had to travel in the Sinai where he learned how to speak Arabic He described many of his first adventures in his first entitled The Wilderness of Zin which he wrote in 1915 At the start of World War I Lawrence joined the British Military Intelligence Service in Cairo From there he was sent with a British relief column to the Arab prince Faisal who later became King Faisal I of Iraq At this point Lawrence was now almost a common citizen in the Arab country and decided to help the Arabs fight off the Turkish rule that controlled the Arabs Lawrence was quickly accepted as the military advisor He unified all of the Arabs resources and started his attack In 1918 Lawrence and Faisal triumphantly entered Damascus before the arrival of the British army Lawrence participated in the Paris Peace Conference but his efforts to gain Arab independence had been proven unsuccessful From 1921 to 1922 he was attached to the Middle East division of the British Colonial Office but then resigned his post and signed up to be in the air force under the name J H Ross to escape publicity In 1923 he adopted the name T E Shaw and joined the tank corps He signed back up for the air force in 1925 and served as an enlisted man until 1935 Shortly after he was discharged he was killed in a motorcycle accident
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