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Explore the Gertrude Bell archive through a selection of key figures from the period. For a more comprehensive list of named individuals, please see below.

Gertrude Bell with Winston Churchill in front of a pyramid

Served two terms as British Prime Minister, and was Secretary of State for Air and War and Colonial Secretary during WW1.

Sir Percy Zachariah Cox

Chief political officer of the Indian Expeditionary Force during WW1 and later British High Commissioner to Iraq.

Feisal bin al-Hussein

First King of Iraq who also participated in the 1916 Arab revolt during WW1, son of the Grand Emir of the Hejaz.

Abdulaziz ibn Saud

Tribal and political leader who founded the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and became it's first monarch.

Walter Andrae

Archaeologist and architect who participated in Robert Koldewey's dig at Babylon, Iraq (1904-1914).

Mark Sykes

Traveller, politician and diplomatic advisor who co-created the Sykes-Picot agreement (1916).

Sir Arnold Talbot

Soldier, explorer, author and politican who served as Deputy and acting Civil Commissioner in Baghdad (1915-1924).

Sir Charles Leonard Woolley

Archaeologist who is well known for his work at ancient sites in Syria, Iraq and Sudan.

Thomas Edward Lawrence

Archaeologist, army officer, diplomat and writer, popularly known as 'Lawrence of Arabia'.

Full list of names

Cox, Sir Percy Zachariah, 1850-1937, Knight, British Indian Army officer and
Creighton, Louise Hume, 1850-1936, writer and social activist
Creighton, Lucia, 1874-1947, diarist and daughter of Louise Hume Creighton
Croudace, Camilla, 1844-1926, Lady Resident at Queens College London
Crowfoot, John Winter, 1873-1959, archaeologist and educationalist
Cumberbatch, Henry Alfred, 1858-1918, British diplomat and British Consul in
Cust, Sir Adelbert Salusbury Cockayne, 1867-1927, 5th Baron Brownlow, Mayor and
Davidson, Sir Nigel George, 1873-1961, Deputy Chairman of Governing Body of
Deedes, Sir Wyndham Henry, 1883-1956, Knight, Brigadier General, British army
Dobbs, Agnes Esme, 1871-1934, wife of Sir Henry Robert Conway Dobbs
Dobbs, Sir Henry Robert Conway, 1871-1934, colonial administrator and High
Drower, Ethel May Stefana [E.S.] Drower [née Stevens], 1879-1972, cultural
Drower, Sir Edwin Mortimer, fl 1911-1946, judicial adviser in Iraq
Eadie, John Inglis [J.I.], fl 1915-1926, Major, British Indian Army Major and
Eskell, Sir Sassoon, 1860-1932, Iraqi statesman, financier, and politician
Feisal, Ghazi bin al-, 1912-1939, King of Iraq and son of Feisal bin al-Hussein
Green, Alice Stopford, 1847-1929, Irish historian and nationalist
Grey, Sir Edward, 1862-1933, 1st Viscount Grey of Fallodon, British Liberal
Haldane, Sir James Aylmer Lowthorpe, 1862-1950, General, British army officer
Hardegg, Julius Harry Löytved-, 1874-1917, German diplomat
Hardinge, Charles, 1858-1944, 1st Baron Hardinge of Penshurts, British diplomat
Harnett, Edward St Clair, 1881-1964, Air Commodore, British military officer
Hashimi, Yasin Hilmi Salman al-, 1884-1937, Iraqi politician and Prime Minister
Hay, Sir Robert Hay Drummond-, 1846-1936, Knight, British diplomat ght, British
Hay, Sir Robert Hay Drummond-, 1846-1936, Knight, British diplomat ght, British