80th Anniversary Commemorations

The 80th anniversary of Lawrence’s death on May 19 1935 was marked with a series of commemorative events in Dorset and at his birthplace in Tremadog, North Wales.

Lawrence Week at Clouds Hill

At Clouds Hill, Lawrence’s cottage in Dorset, the National Trust held its first ever Lawrence Week including a number of informative talks and guided walks, culminating with a gathering of Brough Superior motorcycles outside the cottage.

LW1Lawrence Week began at Max Gate, the home of Thomas Hardy near Dorchester, where T. E. Lawrence Society vice-chairman Alan Payne arrived on his own Brough Superior SS 80 to give a talk on Lawrence’s journeys.

LW2Later in the week, six members of the Brough Superior Club
arrived on their motorcycles at Clouds Hill. The gathering
included the SS 100 that is
reputed to be George IV, which Lawrence owned during part
of the time he lived here – still living within 20 miles of Clouds Hill.

LW4LW5For one of the National Trust’s keen
team of volunteers at Clouds Hill, the chance to get up close to George IV proved irresistible.

Following the success of Lawrence Week, the National Trust is considering making
it an annual event.

 

Bovington Military Wives Choir

At the beautiful St Nicholas Church in Moreton, where Lawrence’s funeral was held on May 21 1935, the Bovington Military Wives Choir enchanted an audience with a selection of songs carefully
chosen to reflect Lawrence’s life and interests.

LW6The songs included I Dreamed a Dream and Castle on a Cloud from Les Miserables.

After the concert, dinner was served at the Moreton Tea Rooms.

Proceeds from the evening will go towards Moreton Village Hall and the Military Wives Choir Foundation Charity.

 

Memorial services and laying of floral tributes

LW8LW9On May 19, three services of commemoration, including the laying of floral tributes, were held by the Armed Forces at the scene of Lawrence’s fatal crash, at the hospital where he died, and at his graveside in the cemetery at Moreton.

After the services, a 1920 Rolls-Royce
armoured car, lent by the Tank Museum at Bovington, drove in convoy with five Brough Superiors, including George IV, from the cemetery back to Clouds Hill.
A most fitting tribute to Lawrence.

LW10LW7May we thank everyone who attended the events.

To see BBC South’s coverage of the memorial services, watch the video on our FACEBOOK page.

 

Paying tribute to local Welsh heroes

At Lawrence’s birthplace – Snowdon Lodge, in Tremadog, North Wales – he was given the tribute of an RAF fly-past as part of the commemorations.

The owners of Snowdon Lodge, Carl and Anja, organised a number of commemorative events over two days.

LW11Falklands War veteran Simon Weston –
another Welsh hero – unveiled a commemorative bench placed around a whitebeam
tree presented to Snowdon Lodge by the
T. E. Lawrence Society.

LW12The figurative sculptor David Williams-Ellis displayed a maquette of his bronze sculpture of Lawrence which has been commissioned for Snowdon Lodge.

The commemorative events also featured Society member John Johnson-Allen who gave a talk about his forthcoming book, T. E. Lawrence and the Red Sea Patrol, which traces the pivotal role of the Royal Navy in the Arab Revolt.