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Talk to shed light on Royal Navy role in Lawrence of Arabia legend

PUBLISHED: 10:17 03 December 2018 | UPDATED: 10:17 03 December 2018

TE Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia. The naval links to hids story will be subject of a talk in Diss. Picture: Wikipedia

TE Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia. The naval links to hids story will be subject of a talk in Diss. Picture: Wikipedia

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Although many books have been written about T E Lawrence and the Arab Revolt, none before has fully explored the pivotal role of the Royal Navy in the Red Sea at the time.

Norfolk maritime historian and writer John Johnson-Allen's book is the first to examine the role of the Red Sea Patrol in the Lawrence of Arabia story. Picture: Pen & Sword MilitaryNorfolk maritime historian and writer John Johnson-Allen's book is the first to examine the role of the Red Sea Patrol in the Lawrence of Arabia story. Picture: Pen & Sword Military

Norfolk maritime historian and writer John Johnson-Allen has set that right with his latest book, the first book to be written about the Navy’s role in the creation of the legendary figure of Lawrence of Arabia; and now he will be shedding light on this fascinating subject with a talk in Diss.

Following extensive research into the activities of the ships of the Red Sea Patrol, Mr Johnson-Allen, who lives in Great Moulton, a former Merchant Navy officer, found that it become evident that, without the work of those ships, the Arab revolt would have failed and T E Lawrence would have remained an obscure officer in the military bureaucracy of Cairo.



Lawrence was very aware of the importance and relevance of the Royal Navy in their operations in the Red Sea and commented on it on many occasions, notably in 1918, saying ‘The naval side of the operations, when the time comes to tell of it, will provide a most interesting case of the value of command of the sea..’.

His talk, the latest to be organised by the Friends of Diss Museum, promises to give a fresh dimension to the Lawrence of Arabia legend.

Mr Johnson-Allen will give his talk, T E Lawrence & The Red Sea Patrol, at St Mary’s Church Hall, Mount Street, Diss, on December 21, 7.30pm, non-members £5 on the door (£3 Friends of Diss Museum members), dissmuseum.co.uk

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