I received an email today from Charles Kenny of Essex in the UK. He has given me permission to post it here and I've put in some relevant links where I could.

Reading about your exhibition, I thought you might be interested in a little known connection.

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Well, at least something we were not allowed to borrow . . .

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A while back, actually a long while back, I promised to enlighten you about a couple of inspiring things that I saw in London in 2006 during my visits to view the IWM's Lawrence of Arabia, the Life, the Legend exhibition and to negotiate our UK loans. So after a long delay and absolutely no requests to read the second part of my story, here it is.

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In September 1914 Charles Reginald Yells, a 24 year old labourer from Kapunda, South Australia enlisted with the AIF. Joining the 9th Light Horse Regiment, he trained at Broadmeadows in Victoria before embarking on the HMAT Karroo for Egypt in February 1915. In July 1915, he was promoted to Temporary Sergeant to teach at the Imperial School of Instruction at Zeitoun, Egypt. He worked as an instructor at the school until assigned for “special duty” to the Red Sea Ports on 10 August 1917.

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Recently, I had one of those marvellous moments of discovery connecting T E Lawrence to C E W Bean . . . well, in a small way.

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I've just put up Matthew Gibbs' review of the film Lawrence of Arabia against our call for reviews. You can find it here and it is well worth a read. Matthew is a freelance writer from Sydney with a good knowledge of Lawrence.

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Lawrence worked for the Military Intelligence Department in Cairo as an intelligence officer from December

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The following interesting exchange between C. E. W. Bean (Australia's Official Historian for the First World War) and TE Lawrence was found a while ago when we started researching our exhibition.

It was found in an official record series: AWM 43 'Official History, 1914-18 War, biographical and other research files'.

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