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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Riall M B B
RIALL, Maj Malcolm Brown Bookey (1879-1968)
Created 1899-1901, 1906-1910
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
2 files


Administrative / Biographical history

Born in Ireland, 1879; educated at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst; commissioned into The Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regt), 1899; served in Second Boer War, South Africa, 1899-1902; present at Battles of Colenso, Spion Kop, Pieters Hill and Vaalkrantz, 1899-1900, and the relief of Ladysmith, Feb 1900; Lt, 1900; operations in Natal, Transvaal and Orange Free State, 1900-1901; Staff Signals Officer, Mobile Columns, including service with Bethune's Horse, commanded by Col Edward Cecil Bethune, South Africa, 1901; service as Signal Training Officer, Kroonstad, South Africa, Dec 1901-Feb 1902; served with Mohmand Field Force, North West Frontier, India, 1908; resigned from Army, Apr 1914; Reserve of Officers, 1914; rejoined The Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regt), Aug 1914; served in World War One, 1914-1918; Company commander, The Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regt), Tynemouth, Northumberland, 1914-1915; served on Western Front, 1915; wounded, Hooge, Belgium, Aug 1915; Adjutant, Southern Command Depot, 1915-1919; died 1968.

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

Newspaper cuttings mostly from The Irish Times, Evening Herald and The Globe, 1899-1901, relating to the Second Boer War, South Africa, 1899-1902. Papers and photographs relating to the Mohmand Field Force, North West Frontier, India, May-Jun 1908, including pocket diary detailing operations of 1 Bn, Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regt) against Mohmand tribesmen, 1908; typescript extract, written on 13 Aug 1908, from the Record of Service of 1 Bn, The Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regt), Mohmand Expedition, May-Jun 1908; fifty nine mostly captioned photographs of the Mohmand Field Force, 1908, including the defences of H Company, 1 Bn, The Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regt), Mutta camp, North West Frontier, India, 1908; two printed maps of the North West Frontier, India [1908]; printed booklet entitled Standing Orders for Mohmand Field Force, May 1908 by Maj Gen Sir James Willcocks (Victoria Press, Peshawar, India, 1908); cutting from The Sphere with printed map of 'Mohmand country', 9 May 1908. Five letters from Riall to his father and sister, and to Riall from his mother, 1906-1910, with letter to Riall from Sgt Lipscombe, 1 Bn, The Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regt), relating to a Battalion shooting competition, 30 Mar 1910.

System of arrangement

2 files

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 detailed catalogue 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 holds the papers of Riall's son, Air Cdre Arthur Bookey Riall (1911-1984) (Ref: Riall, A B), and the papers of Lt Gen Sir Edward Cecil Bethune, commander of Bethune's Horse, Second Boer War, South Africa, 1899-1900 (Ref: Bethune). Photocopied notes relating to the history of Broadstone are held by Poole Central Library, Dorset (Ref: HMC Antiquaries correspondence file).

Publication note

Photocopied notes relating to the history of Broadstone are held by Poole Central Library, Dorset (Ref: HMC Antiquaries correspondence file).



Decorations: OBE

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.

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  • Armed forces
  • Colonial conflicts
  • Colonial countries
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Maps
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • Photographs
  • Political systems
  • Second Boer War, 1899-1902
  • State security
  • Visual materials
  • War
  • Wars (events)

Corporate names

  • British Army
  • Mohmand Field Force


  • India, South Asia
  • Northwest Frontier, Pakistan, South Asia

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