THE NAIRAC WINDOW
St. Mary De
Lode Church, Gloucester
window was installed by the Gloucestershire Branch of
The Royal Society of St. George in honour of Captain
Robert Nairac, G.C., and to commemorate The Royal
Society of St. George. It was dedicated on May 6th 2000
by The Right Reverend Michael Mann.
Nairac, a Gloucestershire born Grenadier Guards officer,
whose father was a noted eye surgeon, was attached to 14
Int., the undercover intelligence unit of the Army in
Northern Ireland. He was never a member of the S.A.S.,
as is often alleged.
May 1977, after an evening at the Three Steps Inn,
Drumintee, Co. Armagh, he got into his car to leave and
was attacked by nine members of the local I.R.A. unit.
After a fierce fight, he was knocked unconscious and
taken over the nearby border with the Irish Republic to
a house. When he recovered, he grabbed his guard's
pistol. As back up rushed into the room, he fired the
gun three times, and three times is misfired. He was
again overpowered and taken some distance to a bridge,
where he was brutally tortured for several hours. He
asked for a priest when he knew his end was near and, as
a final humiliation, one of the gang pretended to be a
priest in the hope of obtaining information. He was
then killed by a bullet to the head and one to the
body. His body was never found.
29 years of age.
captors were later arrested, and one of them said "He
never told us anything - he was a great soldier".
February 1978, two months after his murderers were
jailed, the George Cross, second only to the Victoria
Cross, was awarded posthumously to Captain Nairac.
Youth Awards were
instituted by the Gloucestershire Branch a year later
and through this good relations were established with
the Grenadier Guards, a connection of which the Branch
is very proud.
Royal Society of St. George, founded in 1894, is
England's premier patriotic society and Gloucestershire
is its most active branch. St. Mary de Lode Church and
Gloucestershire Branch have long enjoyed mutual
support. In 2000 the Church was being refurbished and
it was decided to offer a window to honour an English
hero and a great Society, and to help with the
improvements. It was designed by the then chairman, Mr.
Brian Kemp, and made and installed by Bristol Glass.
Brian Kemp (now deceased),
of the Branch at the window.
the blazon of arms
of The Royal Society of St
St George and the Dragon
the George Cross
the grenade of
The Grenadier Guards