of the T. E. Lawrence Society
Vol. IX, No.
2, Spring 2000
by Philip Kerrigan
Lynch: 'Further in the Cycle-Tracks of
T. E. Lawrence: the journey home from Carcassonne, 1908' (6-26)
the Journal with no fewer than four previous articles in which
he retraced journeys made by Lawrence before the outbreak of the First
World War. He has now given us a
fifth, covering Lawrence's return journey from Carcassonne to
Chartres in 1908.
Sharett: 'Letters of an Ottoman Soldier
Sharett will always be associated with the formation of
the State of Israel. His recently published book Shall We Ever Meet
Again contains letters to his family and friends during the period
1916-1918 when he was serving as an officer in the Ottoman Army. Uri
Thon has translated
some of these letters into English. They give an interesting insight
into what was happening 'behind the lines' at the time of the Arab
Thon has held appointments as Governor in Sinai and Druze villages in
the Golan Heights. In the 1970s he was Adviser on Arab Affairs to the
Deputy-Prime Minister and later Director Research Authority at Haifa
West: 'Junor's Delivery. Hugh Robert Junor: an
action, a brief life and family archive' (34-51)
part played during the Arab Revolt by the fledgling RAF with its limited
resources received appreciative reports from Lawrence. In Chapter 109 of
Seven Pillars he recounts how on one occasion, when an Arab force
was attacked by enemy aircraft,
the day was saved by the unexpected arrival of a single RAF BE I2a
aeroplane piloted by Hugh Junor. This intervention was sufficient to
divert the enemy's attention from the ground force.
West is a descendant of Hugh Junor. She began
researching air support for the Revolt ten years ago and has given a
short account of his life and untimely death. Educated at Manchester and
Cambridge Universities, she is now head of the Creative Arts Faculty at
Slough Grammar School.
L. Bidwell: 'Queries for Biographers of T. E.
the late Dr Bidwell was carrying out research for an introduction to a
reprint of the Arab Bulletin (published in 1986), he came to
feel that biographies of Lawrence were incomplete. He therefore drew attention to
questions that he felt needed answers.
essay, reprinted here, was written in 1976 and major biographies of
Lawrence have appeared since then. Some of the points he raised
have now been dealt with, or partially dealt with; but the questions
remain interesting, and there may be further archival material that throws
light on them.
Bidwell was Secretary of the Middle East Centre, University of Cambridge
for a number of years.
Grasby: 'Recent Developments in the
curation of Clouds Hill' (73-87)
Grasby is Assistant Historic
Buildings Representative for the National Trust in Wessex. Clouds Hill comes
within his remit. In carrying out its responsibilities, the Trust does
not only aim to preserve the fabric of buildings, but also to retain the
spirit of the place. This latter requirement is somewhat subjective, and
it is not surprising that over the years different interpretations have
been placed on how this can be brought about. As James Grasby states in
his article, the aim should be 'to show the cottage, as far as possible,
as it was during the latter days of Lawrence's occupation'. To achieve
this it will be necessary to make some changes. Here is an opportunity
for those interested in Clouds Hill to respond to the Trust's request
for copies of books and gramophone records that were present in 1935.
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