PRIZED personal belongings of Lawrence of Arabia are expected to fetch thousands of pounds at auction.

Glasgow-based Great Western Auctions is hosting the summer sale on Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15.

Five lots relating to TE Lawrence who studied at Oxford University and lived in the city, will go under the hammer.

They comprise rare personal effects worn and used by the legend - a Royal Airforce Cap (estimate: £10,000-15,000); an Arabian Janbiya dagger with bone handle (estimate: £8,000-10,000); A horn-handled dagger by William Lund (estimate: £6,000-8,000), hand-written and signed letters and other ephemera, (estimates: £3,000-5,000 and £1,000-2,000).

Oxford Mail:

The auction house’s David Convery said: “The items under auction belong to the Hatcher family who lived in Southampton.

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“In July 1933, Fanny Hatcher, who ran a boarding house, had no idea as she wrote the name TE Shaw in the guest’s register, that the gentleman who would come to be part of the family over the next 18 months was, in fact, the man responsible for uniting the Arab Tribes and taking the port of Aqaba.

“The taking of the legendary port is still thought to be one of the greatest and most daring military attacks in modern history.

Oxford Mail:

“Lawrence was hiding from the press and attention from his thousands of fans and admirers from across the globe.”

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Mr Convery said Lawrence’s first alias John Hume-Ross (which he used in 1922 to join the RAF) had been uncovered by the Daily Express and the publicity had forced him to leave. He then spent many years at Bovington with the Army, later being transferred back to the RAF under the new alias of Shaw.

The auctioneer added that in April 1931 Lawrence was assigned to the Scott-Paine yard at Hythe, designing and trialling powerboats.

Then in 1933 Lawrence took lodgings at 13 Birmingham Street, a small unremarkable terraced house, in Southampton.

Oxford Mail:

The ‘quiet lodger’ was visited by ‘all sorts of important people’ and Mrs Hatcher, in time, became aware of his true identity.

Her son Donald was left in the dark for the time being. Loose lips, even on 13-year old boys could still be dangerous. For the entire duration of his stay Donald would simply know him as ‘Aircraftman Shaw’. (The only thing Donald knew for certain was that whenever he could not find the cat, she would be in Shaw’s room.)

Oxford Mail:

As a thank you to young Donald, at the end of his stay Lawrence gifted him not just the original Arabian Janbiya dagger and Lund & Sons campaign knife, but the very RAF hat he was wearing as he left.

Ripping the badge off his cap and placing it on Donald’s head, Lawrence made his way back to his Dorset home for what would be the final time. He died in a motorbike crash in 1935.

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This collection of items from 13 Birmingham Street has come to light for the first time after being safeguarded by the Hatcher family for over 80 years.

Oxford Mail:

The personal possessions and letters provide a glimpse into Lawrence’s private and secret life and, his desire to avoid fame.

A house in Polstead Road, north Oxford, was TE Lawrence’s family home from 1896 to 1921. He graduated from Jesus College in 1910.