Robert Nairac on duty in Ulster during the 1970s.

Murdered Sunderland soldier Robert Nairac’s life, death and the ongoing search for his body

May 15 marks the anniversary of Sunderland soldier Captain Robert Nairac's murder at the hands of the IRA.

Following a new appeal for information to find his missing remains, here is a timeline of events covering the Grenadier Guardsman's life, death in 1977 and the ongoing search for his body.

Robert Nairac was born on the island of Mauritius in 1948 before moving as a baby to Thornhill Gardens, off Tunstall Road, Sunderland, where his family lived for around 20 years.

1. Upbringing

Robert Nairac was born on the island of Mauritius in 1948 before moving as a baby to Thornhill Gardens, off Tunstall Road, Sunderland, where his family lived for around 20 years.
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He studied at Roman Catholic public school Ampleforth College, on the North Yorkshire Moors, and Lincoln College, Oxford University, where his hobbies included falconry.

2. Education

He studied at Roman Catholic public school Ampleforth College, on the North Yorkshire Moors, and Lincoln College, Oxford University, where his hobbies included falconry.
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Enters the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst in 1971 before joining the Grenadier Guards. Eventually joins his regiment after post-graduate studies at the University College of Dublin.

3. Military career

Enters the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst in 1971 before joining the Grenadier Guards. Eventually joins his regiment after post-graduate studies at the University College of Dublin.
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His first tour of duty in Northern Ireland with the Second Battalion of the Grenadier Guards was in 1971. Duties were mainly to find paramilitaries and weapons during the province's bloody Troubles.

4. Northern Ireland

His first tour of duty in Northern Ireland with the Second Battalion of the Grenadier Guards was in 1971. Duties were mainly to find paramilitaries and weapons during the province's bloody Troubles.
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