Alun Jones, Baron Chalfont
Alun Arthur Gwynne Jones, Baron Chalfont, OBE, MC
Military Cross
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, PC
Privy Council of the United Kingdom
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 (born 5 December 1919) is a British
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Jones was educated at West Monmouth School, and subsequently at the School of Slavonic Studies in the University of London. He was a Minister in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
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 from 1964 to 1970 and appointed to the Privy Council
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 in the former year. He also authored several military history
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 books regarding various subjects, including the Napoleonic Wars
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Having been created Baron Chalfont, of Llantarnam
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 in the County of Monmouthshire
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 on 11 November 1964, his life peerage is the most senior extant (since the death of Lord Shawcross
Hartley Shawcross, Baron Shawcross
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 in 2003), and Lord Chalfont is higher in the order of precedence
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 than several hereditary barons whose inherited titles postdate his.

He contributed an article on The Strategic Defence Initiative to the Conservative Monday Club
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's October 1985 Conservative Party Conference issue of their newspaper, Right Ahead. Lord Chalfont is a former chairman of the Radio Authority which regulated commercial radio in the UK until its role was absorbed by Ofcom
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. Lord Chalfont set up the Institute for the Study of Terrorism with Jillian Becker
Jillian Becker
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in 1985.

He had been granted a permanent leave of absence which was terminated on 9 June 2008.


  • 1976 Montgomery of Alamein. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson
  • 1979 Waterloo; battle of three armies: Anglo-Dutch by William Seymour; French by Jacques Champagne; Prussian by E. Kaulbach; prologue & epilogue by Lord Chalfont; edited by Lord Chalfont. London: Sidgwick and Jackson
  • 1985 Star Wars: suicide or survival? London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson
  • 1987 Defence of the Realm. London: Collins
  • 1989 By God's Will: a portrait of the Sultan of Brunei. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson
  • 2000 The Shadow of my Hand . London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson (autobiography)

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