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Philby, Harry St John Bridger (1885–1960), explorer and Arabist, was born at St John's, Badulla, Ceylon, on 3 April 1885, the second son of Harry Montagu Philby (d. 1913), a coffee planter, and his wife, Queenie (1864–1950), known as May, daughter of ...

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Harry St John Bridger Philby (1885–1960) self-portrait, 1917–18 The Royal Geographical Society, London

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Thomas, Bertram Sidney (1892–1950), explorer and Arabist, was born on 13 June 1892 at Avon Villa, Springfield Road, Pill, near Bristol, the son of William Henry Thomas, master mariner, and his wife, Eliza Ann, née Thomas. His education at the local village school was supplemented by private tuition; at the age of sixteen he was accepted for employment in the ...