Jonathon Riley

Jonathon Riley

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

Early and personal life

Riley was brought up in Yorkshire, and educated at St Mary's School in Beverley and Kingston Grammar School, before gaining a degree in geography from University College, London, and a Master's degree in history at Leeds University. Riley is married to BBC Wales news presenter Sara Edwards. The couple have 2 children.

Military career

He joined the Queen's Regiment in 1974, and promoted to lieutenant on 9 March 1976. Promoted to captain on 9 September 1980, major in 1987 and lieutenant colonel in 1993, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order in 1996 and promoted to full colonel in July 1997. He served six tours in Northern Ireland and five in the Balkans, in addition to service in Central America and Sierra Leone. He was Commanding Officer of the 1st Bn The Royal Welsh Fusiliers in Gorazde in 1995, promoted to brigadier on 31 December 1998 Commander of 1st Mechanised Brigade in Bosnia in 1999 and Commander of the UK Joint Task Force in Sierra Leone in 2000.

In 2001, he was awarded...
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