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Airey Middleton Sheffield Neave
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Birth: Jan. 23, 1916
Knightsbridge
Greater London, England
Death: Mar. 30, 1979
Westminster
Greater London, England

Soldier, barrister and politician. Airey Middleton Sheffield Neave, DSO, OBE, MC, was murdered in 1979 in a car-bomb attack at the House of Commons, London. He spent his early years in Knightsbridge in London, before he moved to Beaconsfield. He was sent to St. Ronan's School, Worthing, and from there, in 1929, he went to Eton College. He went on to study jurisprudence at Merton College, Oxford. While at Eton, he composed a prize-winning essay in 1933 that examined the likely consequences of Adolf Hitler's rise to supreme power in Germany and he predicted then that another widespread war would break out in Europe in the near future,he had earlier been on a visit to Germany and he witnessed the Nazi German methods of grasping political and military power in their hands. When he went to Oxford University, he purchased and read the entire written works of the prescient writer Carl von Clausewitz. When asked why, he answered: "since war [is] coming, it [is] only sensible to learn as much as possible about the art of waging it". He was wounded and captured by the Germans at Calais on 23 May 1940. He was eventually sent to Oflag IV-C (often referred to as Colditz Castle). He was one of the few who did escape and return home.
He was elected as a Member of Parliament for Abingdon in a by-election in June 1953. He agreed to be the campaign manager for Margaret Thatcher's attempt to become leader of the Conservative Party, that was eventually victorious. When Thatcher was elected leader in February 1975, he was rewarded with the post of head of her private office.He was then appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and was poised to attain the equivalent Cabinet position at the time of his death. Conservative leader Margaret Thatcher led tributes, saying: He was one of freedom's warriors. No one knew of the great man he was, except those nearest to him. He was staunch, brave, true, strong; but he was very gentle and kind and loyal. It's a rare combination of qualities. There's no one else who can quite fill them. I, and so many other people, owe so much to him and now we must carry on for the things he fought for and not let the people who got him triumph. 
 
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Saint Mary Church
Longworth
Vale of White Horse District
Oxfordshire, England
 
Created by: Daff
Record added: Apr 13, 2013
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Airey Middleton Sheffield Neave
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