Letter: Alias T E Lawrence

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Alias T E Lawrence

There was absolutely no reason for T E Lawrence to have lied about his enlistment ("Files reveal Great War secrets of British literary heroes", 3 February).

There is, however, a very strong possibility that Lawrence could have enlisted under a false name and date of birth, as he was under-age at that time. Anyone searching for an entry under the name T E Lawrence would have found nothing.

When Lawrence enlisted in the RAF in 1922, it was in the name of John Hume Ross, with a different date of birth, and he also enlisted in the Tank Corps under the name of T E Shaw. Lawrence used at least seven different names for various purposes throughout his life.

K FERN

Tolpuddle, Dorset

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