Collection RIALL, AB - RIALL, Air Cdre Arthur Bookey (1911-1984)

Key Information

Reference code



RIALL, Air Cdre Arthur Bookey (1911-1984)


  • 1950-1959 (Creation)
  • 1937-1938 (Creation)

Level of description



2 boxes or 0.02 cubic metres

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.

General Information

Name of creator


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.

Custodial history

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

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 from open material for research purposes only.

Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, via the Archives.

Language of material

  • English

Script of material

Finding aids

This collection level description.

Existence and location of originals

Off-campus collection

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Related materials

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

Related descriptions


Decorations: CBE

Alternative identifier(s)

Genre access points

Rules and/or conventions used

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000.


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