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Airey Neave
Birth: Jan. 23, 1916
Death: Mar. 30, 1979

British Politician. He was shadow secretary for Northern Ireland when he died, but also well known as a World War II hero, secret agent, barrister, author, and as a recipient of the Distinguished Service Order, the Military Cross, the United States Bronze Star and the French Croix de Guerre. Educated at the best schools, he joined the infantry in 1935, already having predicted the inevitability of war. Taken prisoner at Calais in 1940, he was one of the few to escape from Colditz Castle, in 1942. The Colditz museum is said to display his slogan, “No one who has not known the pain of imprisonment understands the meaning of liberty.” Upon his return to London, he was immediately recruited into UK military intelligence service (which his biographer says he never really left). After the war he worked at the Nuremburg Tribunal, investigating the Krupp slave-work steel and armaments company, and chosen to read the indictments to the accused at the war crime trials. Subsequently he served as a volunteer for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, moved by the continuing suffering he had witnessed after the end of the hostilities. Although his post-war parliamentary career initially seemed doomed by his 1959 heart attack, he led the campaign to elect Margaret Thatcher leader of the Conservative Party over his nemesis Edward Heath in 1975, which four years later made her Prime Minister. As Mrs. Thatcher’s designated cabinet secretary for Northern Ireland, he was expected to deal ruthlessly with terrorists. But just weeks before that 1979 Conservative landslide, his car was blown up in the House of Commons parking garage by the Irish National Liberation Army, and he died several hours later. Leading tributes at his state funeral in Trafalgar Square, then Prime Minister Thatcher spoke of him fondly and proposed his own words as his epitaph: “Remembering that tyranny has many sides and freedom but one.” (bio by: Edwin Ridout) 
Hinton Waldrist (St. Margaret) Churchyard
Hinton Waldrist
Vale of White Horse District
Oxfordshire, England
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