Lieutenant-General Jonathon Riley CB DSO PhD MA FRHistS

Generalship: Military Historian, Author, Visiting Lecturer & Defence Security Advice

Lieutenant-General Jonathon Riley, Royal Welch Fusiliers

Military History & Campaign Studies

Lieutenant-General Jonathon Riley (former Commanding Officer of 1st Royal Welch Fusiliers), is a military historian and visiting lecturer at Birmingham University and King's College London, Department of War Studies. Guest speaker, author and lecturer on Military and Defence Security around the globe.

He is also Chairman of Trustees of the Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum Trust


Oft in Danger General Sir Anthony Farrar-Hockley, author, military historianAuthor & Military Historian

The Life and Campaigns of General Sir Anthony Farrar-Hockley

One of 17 books written by Jonathon Riley

Oft in Danger was one of the most hotly-anticipated releases from Helion & Company Ltd this year.

Read the Press Release here »

Military Technical Advice & Defence Security Military Technical Advice & Defence Security

During a long and distinguished army career, Lt-Gen Jonathon Riley, commanded British peacekeeping forces in Bosnia, Sierra Leone, Iraq and served for two years from 2007 as the Deputy Commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.

He also Deputy Commanding General, Coalition Military Advisory and Training Team Iraq, 2003–2004; Commanding General, Multi-national Division (South-East) and General Officer Commanding British Forces Iraq, 2004–2005


Senior Level MentoringSenior Level Mentoring

Lt-Gen Riley, former Senior mentor for the British Higher Command and Staff Course, NATO Baltic Defence College, and former Senior British Military Advisor to The United States Central Command.

With Campaign medals in every rank, Lt-Gen Riley was awarded the DSO for bravery and distinguished conduct in the Balkans in 1995.


Education & Training Support Education & Training Support

Mentoring in current issues of defence security and military affairs;

Jonathon Riley is a Member of Board of Trustees of RUSI and external examiner at Cranfield University.

Here, he discusses the rise and fall of Counterinsurgency and the Afghanistan War - part of the seminar series at the Department of War Studies:

War Studies Talk »

Battlefield Tours & Staff RidesBattlefield Tours & Staff Rides

Working with Anglia Tours and REEP. Battlefield Studies focus not only on historical aspects but also on decision making, co-operation, strategic, operational and tactical challenges.

The Staff Rides are designed specifically for Formation, Tri-Service Headquarters and career courses.

"For the military, it is not simply a question of transmitting the story, but of learning the lessons..."

Latest Newsfeed...

  • Sept 2017

    "The Heat of Battle:"

    the heat of battle, royal welsh fusilliers

    The Royal Welsh Fusiliers in Egypt and Palestine during the First World War. New exhibition opening on September 22nd, 2017, at Wrexham County Borough Museum & Archives

  • Sept 2017

    "I Died in Hell"

    (Film premiere November 10th 2017)
    About a young officer from the Royal Welch Fusiliers.

    Narrated by Lt-Gen Jonathon Riley.


    Watch the video trailer here »

  • 8th May

    european defence policy threadbare

    A British Battalion Commander's perspective on what happened in Goražde in the spring of 1995

    Read article here »

  • 12th May until 8th July 2017

    Wrexham Museum Exhibition

    Wrexham Museum Exhibition "Efforts and Ideals"
    Prints and Propaganda during the First World War

    See more here »


  • May 2017

    european defence policy threadbare

    Cabinet Secretary gives
    the Royal Welch
    a shot with grant

    Read more here »


  • April 2017

    european defence policy threadbare

    Former UK Commanders
    claim 'European defence policy threadbare'

    Read more here »


    royal welsh fusiliers, fighting on all fronts

    'Weeping Poppies' exhibition
    Caernafon Castle » »

  • In Parenthesis

    Iain Bell's adaptation of the epic poem by Welsh poet David Jones.

    As military historian and advisor, Lt-Gen Jonathon Riley discusses.


    Watch the video here »

Twitter Feed

facebook twitter