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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Riall A B
RIALL, Air Cdre Arthur Bookey (1911-1984)
Created 1937-1938, 1950-1959
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
2 boxes or 0.02 cubic metres


Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1911; educated at Charterhouse and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst; commissioned into the East Yorkshire Regt, 1932; service in India, 1932-1939; Lt, 1935; Instructor, Small Arms School, 1939; served in World War Two, 1939-1945; Capt, 1940; Staff College, 1941; Staff appointments, 1941-1944; Home Forces, 1944; service with 2 Bn, East Yorkshire Regt, North West Europe, 1944-1945; seconded to RAF in Iraq and served with Iraq Levies, 1947; transferred to RAF Regt, 1948; Wg Cdr, 1949; Chief Instructor, RAF Regt Depot, 1951-1953; awarded OBE, 1953; commanded RAF Levies, Iraq, until their disbandment, 1953-1955; Master of the Royal Exodus Hunt, Iraq [1953-1955]; Gp Capt, 1954; Commanding Officer, RAF Regt Depot, Catterick, North Yorkshire, 1955-1959; awarded CBE, 1956; Senior Officers Course, Civil Defence Staff College, Sunningdale, Ascot, Berkshire, 1958; Senior Ground Defence Staff Officer, Technical Training Command, Huntingdon, 1959-1962; Air Cdre, 1963; Director, Directorate of Ground Defence, Department of the Chief of the Air Staff, 1962-1966; retired 1966; General Secretary, National Rifle Association, 1968-1980; died 1984.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family in three accessions in 1985, 1993 and 1994.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers relating to the RAF Levies (Iraq), 1955-1959, including typescript copy of speech by Sir Michael (Robert) Wright, British Ambassador to Iraq at the RAF Levies (Iraq) disbandment parade, RAF Habbaniya, 2 May 1955; typescript copy of report to the Air Ministry by Riall entitled 'The Royal Air Force Levies (Iraq) [1955]; typescript 'The RAF Regiment bulletin report on the RAF Levies (Iraq) - the final two years', 15 Jun 1955; typescript 'Iraq Levies - history prior to disbandment', 1955; edition of The Arab World with article entitled 'The Aden Protectorate Levies', Jun 1959. Papers relating to RAF training, 1950-1958, including edition of Air Ministry Restricted booklet 'Manual of ground defence for the Royal Air Force. Volume 1, Active defence', Jun 1950; typescript course notes, Senior Officers Course, Civil Defence Staff College, Sunningdale, Ascot, Berkshire, Feb 1958; typescript notes on nuclear, biological and chemical warfare, Mar-Dec 1958. Papers relating to the Royal Exodus Hunt, Iraq, 1937-1938 and 1953-1954, including correspondence, bills and accounts, May 1937-Feb 1938; manuscript hunting diary and typescript accounts, 15 Nov 1953-7 Feb 1954.

System of arrangement

The collection is arranged in sections as outlined above.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Director of Archive Services.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

This Summary Guide, and in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
King's College London College Archives
Related units of description

The Centre also holds the papers of Riall's father, Maj Malcolm Brown Bookey Riall (1879-1968) (Ref: Riall, M B B).



Decorations: CBE

Description control

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

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  • Air defence
  • Armed forces
  • Biological warfare
  • Chemical warfare
  • Defence
  • Diaries
  • Documents
  • Information sources
  • International relations
  • Literary forms and genres
  • Literature
  • Military engineering
  • Military organizations
  • Nonfiction
  • Nuclear warfare
  • Organizations
  • Primary documents
  • Prose
  • State security
  • Warfare

Personal names

  • Wright, Sir, Michael Robert, 1901-1976, Knight, diplomat

Corporate names

  • RAF, Royal Air Force


  • Aden
  • Ascot, Berkshire, England
  • Habaniya, Iraq, Middle East
  • London, England
  • Sunningdale, Berkshire, England
  • Yemen, Middle East

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