The Lawrence of Arabia Memorial Media was instituted in 1935 and awarded “in recognition of work of outstanding merit in the fields of exploration, research or literature. Such service must be rendered by British subjects by birth, within the area covered by the activities of the Society, but it is not intended to limit the objects for which the medal will be awarded, and naval, military and air force officers, explorers, writers and administrators, pioneers of trade routes, archaeologists and anthropologists may be specially mentioned as eligible, especially where work involved personal hazard.

FORMER RECIPIENTS

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  • 2016Mr Michael Asher

    Name: Mr Michael Asher

    Year: 2016


    Michael Asher is a notable desert explorer who has traveled thousands of miles on foot and by camel. He has lived in Africa for much of his life. As a young man he served in the Parachute Regiment and the SAS. Later, he worked in The Sudan as a volunteer English teacher when he took to desert  travel in Kordofan and Darfur, thence to Egypt along the ancient slave-trade route on which he based his first book In Search of the Forty Days Road. From 1982, Asher lived with the Kababish tribe in Kordofan for three years, after which he took a famine relief camel caravan to the Bejan people in the Red Sea Hills. In 1986, with his wife, he traveled 4,500 miles with camels to make the first recorded crossing of the Sahara from west to east on foot. in 1992, Asher crossed the Western Desert with a local companion from Mersa Matruh, Libya to Aswan, Egypt. With his wife, he has crossed the Thar Desert in India by camel and the Uruq-ash-Shaiba, the highest dunes in the Empty Quarter of Arabia. A further journey on foot was made on the pilgrimage route around Mount Kailash, Tibet. Asher has published twenty one books and has worked for the UN Agencies WHO/UNICEF, UNEP AND UNPOS involved in famine relief, training peacekeepers, human rights and disengaging guerrilla forces. for the British Council he trained police in Western Sudan and the Republic of South Sudan. He has campaigned for the preservation of the ecology of fragile desert and semi-desert environments as well as the forcible removal of indigenous peoples from then.

    His desert journeys and his appreciation of their environments and indigenous people with whom he has traveled , in what is a fast disappearing way of life, together with his studies of Thesiger and Lawrence, make him a worthy recipient of the Memorial Medal, in pursuance of the Council’s resolution on 23 March 2016.

  • 2011Mr David Hempleman-Adams

    Name: Mr David Hempleman-Adams

    Year: 2011


    David Hempleman-Adams’s interest in adventure was inspired by The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for which he holds a gold medal and is a Trustee. In 1998, he was the first person to achieve the Explorers’ Grand Slam; by climbing the seven highest summits in the world’s seven continents and reaching the magnetic and geographical North and South Poles.

    In 2000, in the style of Jules Verne, he flew solo in a balloon across the Arctic Ocean to the North Pole. David broke five world records in 2007 when he flew the smallest gas balloon in an open basket across the Atlantic from St.John’s, Newfoundland to Nolay, France. In October 2008, David and co-pilot Jon Mason won the Gordon Bennett gas balloon race, the first time a British team had achieved this since the competition was launched 104 years ago. He has 46 Fédération Aéronautique Internationale world aviation records. David has recently returned from a two month long expedition on the north side of Everest. He successfully reached the summit at 8.05am on the 21st May 2011. He has now reached the summit from both the South and North sides.

    He has held a passion and special interest in the Far East since he made his first visit to Nepal as a young intrepid explorer at the age of 20 when he trekked to Everest Base Camp. He has given hundreds of lectures and talks in schools on his expeditions to help educate young people and raise awareness of issues affecting remote regions including climate change and is a founder member of the Mitchemp Trust, a UK based charity supporting disadvantaged youngsters and giving them an adventure experience.

  • 2004Mr John Hare

    Name: Mr John Hare

    Year: 2004


    John Hare, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Explorers’ Club of America has lectured to the Royal Geographical Society, the Royal Society for Asian Affairs, the United Nations, the Great Britain-China Centre, the Grocers’ Livery Company and the Scientific Exploration Society.
    He has lectured in the USA to the National Geographic Society, The Smithsonian, the American Museum of Natural History, the Explorers’ Club, the China Institute, to Societies in Hong Kong, China and Kenya and to numerous schools and colleges. He has also lectured aboard the Queen Mary 2.

    In 2004 John Hare was awarded the Ness Award by the Royal Geographical Society for raising awareness about wild Bactrian camels and the Lawrence of Arabia Memorial Medal for exploration under extreme hazard by the Royal Society of Asian Affairs. In October 2006 the Royal Scottish Geographical Society awarded him the Mungo Park Medal for distinguished contributions to exploration.

  • 2001Mr Colin Thubron

    Name: Mr Colin Thubron

    Year: 2001


    A regular lecturer at the RSAA, Colin Thubron CBE received his medal in 2001 for his literary output, lectures and broadcasts, the product of forty years of travel in Asia through which he has enlarged knowledge of its peoples and cultures.

     

     

  • 1998Mr Hugh Leach

    Name: Mr Hugh Leach

    Year: 1998


    Hugh Leach OBE spent his career as a soldier and diplomat in the Arab world and has served with both regular and irregular Arab troops. He is the Society’s Historian and the author of Strolling About on the Roof of the World.

    He received the Lawrence of Arabia Memorial  Medal in 1998 for exploration and research in Arab countries and NW areas of the Sub-continent, and leadership of Young People’s expeditions.

     

     

  • 1995Mr George Popov

    Name: Mr George Popov

    Year: 1995


    Mr. George Popov MBE was awarded his medal for his lifelong services as a locust control expert in Central Asia and Arabia.

     

  • 1986Mr Sandy Gall

    Name: Mr Sandy Gall

    Year: 1986


     

    Mr. Sandy Gall CBE received his medal for his hazardous inquiry into the intervention by the Soviet Union in Afghanistan and the consequences for that country. He has previously lectured to the Society and also written for Asian Affairs.

     

  • 1985Sir Christian Bonington

    Name: Sir Christian Bonington

    Year: 1985


    Sir Christian Bonington CBE is a British mountaineer. His career has included 19 expeditions to the Himalayas, including four to Mt. Everest and the first ascent of the south face of Annapurna.

  • 1980Miss Elizabeth Monroe

    Name: Miss Elizabeth Monroe

    Year: 1980


    Miss Elizabeth Monroe received the Lawrence of Arabia Memorial Medal for services to Arab studies. She has written extensively about a variety of topics including Philby of Arabia and the  1973 Arab-Israel War.

  • 1974Professor Robert Serjeant

    Name: Professor Robert Serjeant

    Year: 1974


    Prof. Robert Serjeant MA PhD received his medal for services in the Yemen and South Arabia. A fine Arabist, he worked extensively in  Aden, as well as other parts of Arabia, and held a number of academic positions, including as Director of the Middle East Centre at Cambridge University.

  • 1973Sir Olaf Caroe

    Name: Sir Olaf Caroe

    Year: 1973


    A prolific writer for Asian Affairs, Sir Olaf Caroe was Governor of the North West Frontier Province 1946-47. After leaving India, he became a respected writer on Asia and the Middle East.

  • 1970Professor Seton Lloyd

    Name: Professor Seton Lloyd

    Year: 1970


    Prof. Seton Lloyd  CBE was President of the British School of Archaeology in Iraq, Director of the British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara, and Professor of Western Asiatic Archaeology in the Institute of Archaeology at the University of London.

  • 1969Sir Max Mallowan

    Name: Sir Max Mallowan

    Year: 1969


    Sir Max Mallowan CBE was a prominent British archaeologist specialising in the ancient history of the Middle East. His excavations included sites at Ur and Nimrud, about which he published Nimrud and its Remains.

  • 1966Sir Charles Dalrymple Belgrave

    Name: Sir Charles Dalrymple Belgrave

    Year: 1966


    Sir Charles Dalrymple Belgrave KBE was a senior adviser to the rulers of Bahrain from 1926-57. He was responsible for the establishment of civil and criminal courts in the country, and he went on to write about Bahrain extensively.

  • 1965Colonel Sir Hugh Boustead

    Name: Colonel Sir Hugh Boustead

    Year: 1965


    Colonel Sir Hugh Boustead was a British military officer, modern pentathlete and diplomat. He earned two military crosses and was Commander of the Sudan Camel Corps during WW2.

  • 1964Mr D Neville Barbour

    Name: Mr D Neville Barbour

    Year: 1964


    Mr. D Neville Barbour was an Indian Civil Servant, Arab scholar and writer. A one-time correspondent of The Times, he took a particular interest in the Palestine, and was a staunch supporter of the Palestinians and their cause.

  • 1961Brigadier Stephen Longrigg

    Name: Brigadier Stephen Longrigg

    Year: 1961


    Brigadier Stephen  Longrigg OBE DLitt received his medal is recognition of his work in Iraq and his books on political and economic development in the Middle East.

     

     

  • 1960Dame Violet Dickson

    Name: Dame Violet Dickson

    Year: 1960


    Dame Violet Dickson received her medal for her work amongst the Bedouin women of Arabia, and her study of desert flora and fauna.

  • 1954Sir Wilfred Thesiger

    Name: Sir Wilfred Thesiger

    Year: 1954


    Sir Wilfred Thesiger KBE DSO was an explorer and travel writer. Known also as Mubarak bin London (the blessed one from London), he travelled extensively in the Arabian Peninsula, Iraq, Iran and Pakistan.

  • 1953Lord John Hunt

    Name: Lord John Hunt

    Year: 1953


    Lord John Hunt CBE DSC was awarded the Lawrence of Arabia Memorial Medal for his 1953 conquest of Everest. 

  • 1949Lt Colonel F Spencer Chapman

    Name: Lt Colonel F Spencer Chapman

    Year: 1949


    Lt Colonel F Spencer Chapman DSO served in Malaya during WW2, where his specialty was guerrilla warfare. He published a number of books about his travels including Lhasa: The Holy City and The Jungle is Neutral, which is about his time surviving in the Malayan jungle.

  • 1948Sir Henry Holland

    Name: Sir Henry Holland

    Year: 1948


    Sir Henry Holland CIE MB ChB FRCS FICS received his medal for his medical work in Afghanistan and Baluchistan.

  • 1947Sir Charles R Pawsey

    Name: Sir Charles R Pawsey

    Year: 1947


    Sir Charles R Pawsey was a British military officer and colonial administrator. Hew as Assistant Commissioner to Assam and District Commissioner,  Naga Hills during the Burma Campaigns 1942-44. The Battle of the Tennis Court was fought in the grounds of his bungalow.

  • 1944Miss Ursula Graham Bower

    Name: Miss Ursula Graham Bower

    Year: 1944


    Miss Ursula Graham Bower received her medal for anthropological work amongst the Nagas of North East India.

  • 1943Major General Orde Wingate

    Name: Major General Orde Wingate

    Year: 1943


    Major General Orde Wingate DSO created the Chindits and is considered as one of the founders of modern guerrilla warfare. 

  • 1942Miss Mildred Cable

    Name: Miss Mildred Cable

    Year: 1942


    Miss Alice Mildred Cable received her medal for exploration of the Gobi Desert. She joined the China Inland Mission in 1901, initially working in Shanxi and then in Gansu. With her two companions, Eva and Francesca French, she travelled 1,500 miles across Central Asia, to Russia via Siberia, and spent a year living in Xinjiang.

  • 1941Captain C E Corry

    Name: Captain C E Corry

    Year: 1941


    Captain C E Corry was awarded his medal for his work amongst the Marsh Arabs of Iraq.

  • 1940Major General F G Peake

    Name: Major General F G Peake

    Year: 1940


    Major General F G Peake (also known as Peake Pasha) was a British Army officer and creator of the Arab Legion. He served in the Sudan Camel Corps and later became Major General in the army of Transjordan.

  • 1939Mr Harold Ingrams

    Name: Mr Harold Ingrams

    Year: 1939


    Mr. Harold Ingrams CMG OBE is credited with ending the blood feuds of the Hadhramaut.

  • 1939Mrs Doreen Ingrams

    Name: Mrs Doreen Ingrams

    Year: 1939


    Mrs. Doreen Ingrams received the medal jointly with her husband for ending the blood feuds of the Hadhramaut.

  • 1938Major C S Jarvis

    Name: Major C S Jarvis

    Year: 1938


    Major C S Jarvis CMG OBE was a noted Arabist, naturalist, and Governor of Sinai.

  • 1937Sir Charles Bell

    Name: Sir Charles Bell

    Year: 1937


    Sir Charles Bell KCIE CMG was a Tibetologist and Britain’s de facto Ambassador to Tibet. He was at various times the British Political Officer for Bhutan, Sikkim and Tibet, and he participated in the Simla Convention in 1913.

  • 1936Lt. General Sir J B Glubb

    Name: Lt. General Sir J B Glubb

    Year: 1936


    The first recipient of the Lawrence of Arabia Memorial Medal was Lt. General Sir J B Glubb, the soldier, scholar and author who led the Arab Legion from 1939-56.

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LATEST RECIPIENT BIO

Name:
Michael Asher
Job title:
Desert Explorer and Writer
Website:
http://www.deep-ecology.com

Michael Asher is a notable desert explorer who has traveled thousands of miles on foot and by camel. He has lived in Africa for much of his life. As a young man he served in the Parachute Regiment and the SAS. Later, he worked in The Sudan as a volunteer English teacher when he took to desert  travel in Kordofan and Darfur, thence to Egypt along the ancient slave-trade route on which he based his first book In Search of the Forty Days Road. From 1982, Asher lived with the Kababish tribe in Kordofan for three years, after which he took a famine relief camel caravan to the Bejan people in the Red Sea Hills.

His desert journeys and his appreciation of their environments and indigenous people with whom he has traveled , in what is a fast disappearing way of life, together with his studies of Thesiger and Lawrence, make him a worthy recipient of the Memorial Medal, in pursuance of the Council’s resolution on 23 March 2016.

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