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Welch Fusiliers Topic of Lecture March 24 at Yorktown Victory Center

YORKTOWN, Va., March 5, 2015 – Lieutenant General Jonathon Riley, Ph.D., will speak at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 24, at the Yorktown Victory Center on the subject of his book “‘That Astonishing Infantry’: The History of The Royal Welch Fusiliers, 1689-2006.”

That Astonishing Infantry coverGeneral Riley, who earned a doctorate in Modern History from Cranfield University, served in the British Army from 1973 to 2009 and in the 1990s was commanding officer of the 1st Royal Welch Fusiliers, a regiment that dates to the 17th century and was present at the Siege of Yorktown in 1781. The NATO Meritorious Service Medal and United States Legion of Merit for service in Iraq are among General Riley’s numerous distinctions, and he continues to work as a military technical advisor and visiting professor.

He is the author of 19 books, most recently “The Last Ironsides: The English Expedition to Portugal, 1662-1668.” His book “Decisive Battles: From Yorktown to Operation Desert Storm” will be available at the Yorktown Victory Center museum store on the day of the lecture, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission to the lecture is free, and advance reservations are recommended by calling (757) 253-4572 or emailing rsvp@jyf.virginia.gov.

The Yorktown Victory Center, located at Route 1020 and the Colonial Parkway (200 Water Street), chronicles the American Revolution, from colonial unrest to the formation of the new nation, through film, exhibits and historical interpretation at a re-created Continental Army encampment and 18th-century farm. For more information, visit hif.ciniva.net or call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or (757) 253-4838.