This chapter examines Kim Philby's early years, first by focusing on his father, Harry St John Bridger Philby, whose career placed Kim's life in an international context and enabled him to establish an early pattern of deceit. It considers St John's acceptance to the Indian Civil Service, the organisation through which Britain administered the sub-continent, his travels to India in December 1908, and how his career finally took off following the outbreak of World War I. The chapter also analyses St John's influence on Kim, Kim's admission to Cambridge University in November 1929, and the role played by counter-espionage specialists Guy Liddell of Special Branch (the unit of the police force responsible for matters of national security) and Valentine Vivian of the British Secret Intelligence Service in Philby's story.
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