Airey Neave

Airey Middleton Sheffield Neave, DSO, OBE, MC, TD (/ˈɛəri ˈnv/; 23 January 1916 – 30 March 1979) was a British soldier, lawyer and Member of Parliament (MP) from 1953 until his assassination in 1979.


Airey Neave

Neave between May 1940 and May 1941
Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
In office
4 March 1974  30 March 1979
Leader
Preceded byFrancis Pym
Succeeded byAlec Jones
Member of Parliament
for Abingdon
In office
30 June 1953  30 March 1979
Preceded bySir Ralph Glyn
Succeeded byThomas Benyon
Personal details
Born
Airey Middleton Sheffield Neave

(1916-01-23)23 January 1916
Knightsbridge, London, England
Died30 March 1979(1979-03-30) (aged 63)
Westminster, London, England
Cause of deathAssassination (car bomb attack)
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)
(m. 1942)
Children3
ParentsSheffield Airey Neave (father)
Alma materMerton College, Oxford
Profession
Military service
Allegiance British Empire
Branch/service British Army
Years of service1935–1951
RankLieutenant colonel
UnitRoyal Artillery
Battles/wars

During World War II he was the first British prisoner-of-war to succeed in escaping from Oflag IV-C at Colditz Castle, and later worked for MI9. After the war he served with the International Military Tribunal at the Nuremberg trials. He later became Conservative MP for Abingdon.

Neave was assassinated in a car bomb attack at the House of Commons. The Irish National Liberation Army claimed responsibility.