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1912    K born on 1 January 1912 in Amballa, India. His father an Indian Service officer who later became a renowned Arabist and converted Muslim, and Dora

1925    K goes to Westminster School

1929    Enters Trinity College, Cambridge, at the age of seventeen and joins the Cambridge University Socialist Part

1930    Guy Burgess arrives at Trinity from Eton

1931    Defeat of Labor Government. K becomes a more ardent Socialist

1932    Becomes Treasurer of the Cambridge University Socialist Society

1933    Leaves Cambridge a convinced Communist with a degree in Economics, then goes to Vienna, where Chancellor Dr. Engelbert Dolfuss is preparing the first “putsch” in February 1934. K becomes a Soviet agent.

1934    Clash between the Government and the Socialists in Vienna. On 24 February K marries ALF; then in May, after the collapse of the Socialist movement in Vienna, he returns with his wife to England. He begins work as a sub-editor on the Liberal monthly Review of Reviews, and joins in the Anglo-German Fellowship of which Burgess is also a member – its pro-Hitler magazine, supported by Nazi funds, was edited by K. To cover up his Communist background he also makes repeated visits to Berlin for talks with the German Propaganda Ministry and with von Ribbentrop’s Foreign Office.

1937    In February he arrives in Spain to report the Civil War from Franco’s side. In July he becomes correspondent of The Times with Franco’s forces

1938    Awarded the “Red Cross of Military Merit” by Franco personally

1939    In July leaves Spain and becomes war correspondent of The Times at the British headquarters in Arras

1940    In June, after the evacuation of British forces from the Continent, he returns to England. Recruited by the British Secret Service and attached to SIS under Guy Burgess in Section D. Assigned to school of undercover work at Brickendonbury, but on its being disbanded transferred to Special Operations in London and assigned to the teaching staff of a new school for general training in techniques of sabotage and subversion at Beaulieu, Hampshire

1941    Transferred to SIS, section V, under major Cowgill. K was put in charge of the Iberian sub-section, responsible for intelligence in Spain and Portugal

1942    Marries his second wife, AF. OSS party under Norman Pearson arrives in London for liaison with British Secret Service. K’s area of responsibility is extended to include North Africa and Italian espionage under newly formed counter-intelligence units.

1943    Section V moves from St. Albans to London

1944    Appointed head of newly created section (Section IX) designed to operate against Communism and the Soviet Union

1945    The Volkov incident. K’s position is seriously threatened by a Russian agent who offers to “talk”

1946    Takes a “field” appointment – officially to be First Secretary with the British Embassy in Turkey, actually to be head of the Turkish SIS station

1949    Becomes SIS representative in Washington, as top British SS officer working in liaison with the CIA and FBI. He sits in on Special Policy Committee directing the ill-fated Anglo-US attempt to infiltrate anti-Communist agents into Albania to topple the Enver Hoxha regime

1950    Guy Burgess arrives in Washington on assignment as Second Secretary of the British Embassy, and K invites him to stay at his house on Nebraska Avenue

1951    K is informed of the tightening net of suspicion surrounding Foreign Office diplomat and Soviet agent Donald Maclean, whose British Embassy position in Washington at the end of the war had placed him on the Combined Policy Committee on Atomic Energy as its British joint secretary. Burgess is removed by Ambassador Franks and returns to England; then, on 25 May, Burgess and Maclean disappear from England, having escaped, via the Baltic, to Russia. K is summoned to London and asked to resign from Foreign Service

1952    In the summer the famous “Secret Trial” takes place, when K is questioned by Milmo

1955    Government White Paper on the Burgess-Maclean affair. On 25 October in the House of Commons, Marcus Lipton asks about the Third Man, K. Harold Macmillan states that there is no evidence of K having betrayed the interests of Britain. Nevertheless he is dismissed from the Foreign Service because of his association with Burgess

1956    In September he goes to Beirut as correspondent of the Observer and the Economist, most likely he is still employed by SIS. But that year Dick White, who suspects K of being a Soviet agent, becomes head of SIS

1957    Aileen, K’s second wife, dies

1958    He marries EB

1962    George Blake is caught. K is now known to be a Soviet agent

1963    On the night of 23 January K disappears in Beirut. The Soviet Union announces that K has been granted political asylum in Moscow. On 3 March, Mrs. K receives a cable from K postmarked Cairo. On 3 June Izvestia reports that K is with the Imam of Yemen. On 1 July, the British Government discloses that K is now known to have been a Soviet agent before 1946 and to have been the Third Man.

1965    Awarded the Soviet Union’s “Red Banner Order,” one of the highest honors bestowed by the USSR

K was no “ivory from the neck up”