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Jonathon Riley (British Army officer)

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Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service number  497496
Rank  Lieutenant-General
Role  Military Historian

Years of service  1971–2009
Name  Jonathon Riley
Service/branch  British Army
Unit  Queen's Regiment
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Born  16 January 1955 (age 60) (1955-01-16)
Awards  Order of the Bath, Distinguished Service Order, Legion of Merit
Battles and wars  The Troubles, Sierra Leone, Iraq War, War in Afghanistan
Books  The Last Ironsides: The Engli, Napoleon as a General, Routledge Philosophy Guideboo, Liberal utilitarianism, 1813: Empire at Bay: The
Similar People  John A Ferejohn, Jack N Rakove, Sara Edwards, John Stuart Mill, Gwenyth Petty

Education  University College London

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Lieutenant-General Jonathon Peter Riley, CB, DSO (born 16 January 1955) is a retired British Army officer and military historian.


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Military career

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Riley joined the British army as a cadet in 1971 was commissioned into the Queen's Regiment in 1974. He was promoted to lieutenant on 9 March 1976, to captain on 9 September 1980, and, having attended the Staff College, Camberley in 1987, he was promoted to major at the end of the year. During this time he saw active service in Northern Ireland.

Promoted to lieutenant colonel in 1993, Riley undertook a tour as an instructor at the Staff College, Camberley that year. He was deployed as Commanding Officer of the 1st Bn The Royal Welch Fusiliers to the Muslim enclave of Goražde in 1995 under a mandate to ensure the Serbs did not violate the NATO ultimatum. The Army of Republika Srpska attacked the town without warning, capturing 33 soldiers under Riley's command and several hundred other fellow United Nations peacekeepers in May. Having halted the initial Serb attack, the battalion handed over the defence of the enclave successfully to the Bosnian 81st Division. During the siege that followed, Protocol was broken when first the Director of Military Operations, then the Chief of the General Staff and finally Prime Minister John Major telephoned Riley to be briefed on the situation. The enclave was successfully defended and unlike Srebrenica and Zepa it never fell to the Serbs; the 33 Fusiliers and fellow UN peacekeepers were later rescued safely. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for gallant and distinguished services in the Former Republic of Yugoslavia in 1996 and promoted to full colonel in July 1997.

Promoted to brigadier on 31 December 1998, Riley became Commander of 1st Mechanised Brigade in Bosnia in 1999 and Commander of the UK Joint Task Force in Sierra Leone in 2000. He was awarded the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service for his service in Sierra Leone, which successfully concluded the ten-year war there. and became Deputy Commandant of the Staff College and Director of the Higher Command and Staff Course in 2001.

Riley was deployed as Deputy Commanding General of the Coalition Military Advisory and Training Team in Iraq in May 2003 and then became Commanding General Multi-National Division (South East), Iraq and GOC British Forces in November 2004 with promotion to major-general. In 2005, he was awarded the United States' Legion of Merit for his service in Iraq.

Riley served as Colonel of the Royal Welch Fusiliers, from 2006 to 2007.

On 18 December 2007, Riley was promoted to the rank of lieutenant-general and appointed deputy commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. He was awarded the NATO Meritorious Service Medal by the Secretary-General of NATO and, having been appointed Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in the 2008 New Year Honours, he transferred to the reserve on 15 September 2009.

On 14 December 2009, Riley gave evidence to The Iraq Inquiry in which he stated that British troops had not expected to be faced with an insurgency and also defended the decision to disband the Iraqi Army after the invasion. Then, in February 2011, he gave evidence at the trial of Radovan Karadžić at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague on the incident in May 1995 when his troops had been held in captivity.

Later life

Riley was appointed Director General and Master of the Royal Armouries, Britain's national collection of arms and armour, early in September 2009, but resigned in November 2012. Subsequently, he was appointed Visiting Professor in War Studies at King's College London.


Riley has written and edited a number of books on military history, including:

  • History of the Queen's, 1959–1970. 1984. 
  • From Pole to Pole: Life of Quintin Riley, 1905–80. 1987. ISBN 1871999030. OCLC 80266425. 
  • The Monitor Mission in the Balkans (1992)
  • Soldiers of the Queen: The History of the Queen's Regiment 1966–1992 (1993) ISBN 0-948251-65-4 OCLC 29634690
  • White Dragon: The Royal Welch Fusiliers in Bosnia (editor) (1995)
  • Napoleon and the World War of 1813 (2000) ISBN 0714648930
  • Regimental Records of The Royal Welch Fusiliers, Vol VI 1945–1969 and Vol VII 1970–2000 (2001)
  • The Life and Campaigns of General Hughie Stockwell: From Norway, Through Burma, to Suez (2007)
  • Napoleon as a General: Command from the Battlefield to Grand Strategy (2007)
  • That Astonishing Infantry: The History of the Royal Welch Fusiliers 1689–2006 (2008) ISBN 1-84415-653-2 OCLC 176923405
  • Decisive Battles: From Yorktown to Operation Desert Storm. Continuum. 2010. ISBN 1-847-25250-8. OCLC 503647436. 
  • Up to Mametz - and Beyond. 2010. 
  • A Matter of Honour. The Life, Campaigns and Generalship of Isaac Brock. Robin Brass Studio. 2011. ISBN 1-896-94165-6. OCLC 701589968. 
  • 1813: Empire at Bay. The 6th Coalition and the Downfall of Napoleon. Praetorian. 2013. ISBN 1-783-03397-5. OCLC 851390748. 
  • The Last Ironsides: The English Expedition to Portugal, 1662-1668. Helion and Company. 2014. ISBN 1-909-98220-2. OCLC 884859822. 
  • The First Colonial Soldiers: A Survey of British overseas territories and their garrisons, 1650 - 1714. Volume 1: The British Isles, Europe, Asia and Africa (co-authored with Wienand Drenth). Drenth Publishing. 2014. ISBN 978-90-818887-2-1. 
  • The First Colonial Soldiers: A Survey of British overseas territories and their garrisons, 1650 - 1714. Volume 2: The Americas and the Caribbean (co-authored with Wienand Drenth). Drenth Publishing. 2015. ISBN 978-90-818887-3-8. 
  • Oft in Danger: the Life and Campaigns of General Sir Anthony Farrar-Hockley. Helion and Company. 2015. ISBN 1910777250. 
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