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Filmmaker Investigates Lawrence of Arabia's Death

Filmmaker Investigates Lawrence of Arabia's Death

Friday, 15 October, 2021 - 09:15
Lawrence riding his beloved Brough Superior bike in 1935 (Shutterstock)

A filmmaker wants to excavate the site of Lawrence of Arabia's fatal motorcycle crash in the hope of finding evidence that might prove he was murdered, according to the British Daily Mail.


The First World War hero was riding his beloved Brough Superior bike near his home in Dorset in 1935 when he is said to have swerved to avoid two schoolboys on their bikes.


Lawrence, whose full name was Thomas Edward Lawrence, was thrown off the machine and died from head injuries six days later.


Rumors that a black car drove into his path led some conspiracy theorists to believe that the crash was no accident and was covered up.


Now, filmmaker Mark Griffin is leading a team which includes archaeologists, a historian and a forensic crash investigator to excavate the scene of the crash, near Bovington Camp in Dorset.


The director's new biopic, Lawrence After Arabia, which has just been released, questions whether the British Army officer died as a result of foul play.


Griffin believes that the hero of the Arab Revolt in 1917 may have been killed on the orders of the British intelligence community after powerful figures opposed Sir Winton Churchill's alleged desire to appoint him to head up the domestic intelligence service.


The new excavation team hopes to find metal remnants of the Brough motorbike, and possibly the mysterious car said to have been involved, to prove Lawrence was assassinated.


Griffin has previously accused the National Trust, which owns Lawrence's home, Clouds Hill, near Bovington, of censorship after he was barred from filming there.


They refused repeated requests to shoot at the cottage on the grounds that the film 'perpetuated conspiracies' surrounding his death.


Dennis Fletcher, now 89, said his family had been haunted by rumors surrounding Lawrence's death for decades.


He said: “People have just been going over the same old ground since 1935 looking for someone to blame but whatever they're trying to find is not there.


There was no black car or chains across the road. If they really want to find out how Lawrence died, they should read the coroner's report.


They're looking to make money out of it - but my family never got any money.


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