His 1922 Subscribers Edition of Seven Pillars of Wisdom was published.
He tried to turn it into a work of art by having each Chapter start with a very ornate letter of the Alphabet.
Every Page ended in a sentence with a Full Stop.
He used the Latest Artists of the period for his illustrations.
Lawrence although viewed by many as an Englishman, was registered as born in Tremadog , Wales, grew up in Scotland, Isle of Man and France, but always considered himself Irish.
It appears he met with Michael Collins of The Irish Free State Army, again in July 1922
after resigning from his £1,200 p.a. post working in the Colonial Office with Churchill.
Lawrence suggested that Collins had offered him a position as Training Officer in his New Army because of Lawrence's knowledge in guerrilla warfare and sympathy for the Irish Cause.
Churchill thought that Lawrence's recent request to be allowed to join the RAF as an ordinary aircraftsman, rather than an Officer, was a complete waste of talent , and Churchill wanted to do everything in his power to stop it.
But he would have also considered that Lawrence's becoming an ordinary aircraftsman, was infinitely more preferable to the possible alternative and political nightmare of an English National War Hero, becoming embroiled in an Irish Civil War by joining Collins and his Army.
Churchill therefore finally gave permission to Trenchard to let Lawrence join the Ranks of the RAF
Air Marshall Trenchard wrote an authorisation on 14th August 1922 that Lawrence be allowed to join at Henrietta St.Recruiting Office Covent garden on 21st August 1922 under the name John Hume Ross,
apparently Lawrence's brother Arnold, chose this name, it was that of a friend of their Mother's, and it was short.
Michael Collins was Assassinated on 22nd August 1922 by persons that today are still unknown.
Lawrence changed his enlist date to the 31st August 1922 last minute.
When he arrived at the Recruiting Office for a medical and form/application fill in, the person he was told to ask for who would fix things, wasn't there.
On the application he stated his Date of Birth as 15th August 1894 not 1888 and stated he was an Architects Clerk not that he was unemployed.
The Recruiting Officer was a Capt. W E Johns later of "Biggles" fame.
He and Sgt. Major Gee were suspicious of this recruit especially seeing the bullet wounds and flogging marks on his back from his War service and his torture during his capture at Deraa during the War.
The Doctor refused to pass him and Lawrence went away.
While he was away the Sgt. Major checked Birth records at Somerset House and found John Hume Ross did not exist.
When Lawrence returned they were ready for him !
But, Lawrence returned escorted by an Air Ministry Messenger with an Order from "The Top"
When Capt . W.E .Johns showed it to his Commanding Officer he was told:
"For Heaven's Sake, watch your step, this man is Lawrence of Arabia, Get him into the Force or you'll get your Bowler Hat !"
A Doctor was found who would pass him as fit.
The following day he arrived for training at RAF Uxbridge.
He kept notes to write a book about this training period later to be published called "The Mint"
Terence Rattigan wrote his play "Ross" also a out this period.
He excused himself of all photos of his unit.
But appears in this Company Photo looking out of the window from inside.
Lawrence promised Trenchard " The Mint" would not be published till after his death,
so as not to affect recruitment into the RAF.
They continued to be friends even after Trenchard had read it.
They continued to meet and correspond for years.
Lawrence commenting of several things from below in the ranks that Trenchard took on board to change and improve the RAF
On 27th Dec 1922 The Daily Mail broke a story : " Uncrowned King as A Private Soldier"
In January 1923 the Air Ministry from pressure, had to discharge him.
In February 1923 Lawrence wrote to his War time friend Sir Philip Chetwode Chief of Imperial General Staff a d asked for permission to join the Tank Corps instead.
On 12 March 1923 under a name he chose because it was short and at the rear of the alphabet and not because of his friendship with George Bernard Shaw.
He chose the name T.E.Shaw and was assigned to B Company Hut 12, of Tank Corp at Bovington Camp, Dorset
Lawrence bought a small cottage "Clouds Hill " just up the road from the camp on the edge of the range.at Moreton
The Land Owners were Vansitartt /Chapmans and were his second cousins by marriage.