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Chesney Gold Medal

2017 Nomination

The Trustees of RUSI now invite its membership to nominate an individual for the 2017 Chesney Gold Medal. 

The Chesney Gold Medal is the highest award in the gift of the Council of the Royal United Services Institute. 

The purpose of the award is to mark a lifetime distinguished contribution to international defence and security, to the benefit of the United Kingdom and/or the Western Alliance. Serving politicians are ineligible for the award

Sir George Chesney

The Chesney Gold Medal was established in 1899 to honour the memory of General Sir George Chesney, with the periodic award to the author of any ‘especially eminent work calculated to advance the military sciences and knowledge.’

In 2000, the Council updated the award, so that henceforth ‘the medal should be awarded from time to time to the originator of distinguished or authoritative work or works that have added to knowledge or achieved advances in the defence and international security fields to the benefit of the United Kingdom and/or the Western Alliance. Serving politicians are ineligible for the award.

It was first awarded in 1900 to Captain Alfred Thayer Mahan USN, arguably the maritime equivalent of Clausewitz, and has been awarded thirty-four times since, including to Winston Churchill in 1950,  Baroness Thatcher in 2000 and Henry Kissinger in 2015. 

Past recipients


2015: Henry Kissinger

Petraeus Chesney Gold Medal 2013

2013: General David H Petraeus (Retd)

2006 Sir Lawrence FREEDMAN

2000 Baroness THATCHER

1997 The Marquess of ANGLESEY

1991 Correlli BARNETT
1985 General Sir John HACKETT1981 John TERRAIN and Ronald LEWIN
1975 Captain Stephen W ROSKILL RN1973 Professor Michael HOWARD
1968 Professor Arthur J MARDER1965 Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir John SLESSOR

1963 Major General J F C FULLER and Captain Sir Basil LIDDELL HART

1955 Sir Arthur BRYANT
1950 The Rt Hon Winston S CHURCHILL1936 Professor Spenser WILKINSON
1932 Colonel C de W CROOKSHANK MP1931 Commander C N ROBINSON
1930 Dr C E W BEAN1929 Colonel H C WYLLY
1928 L G CARR-LAUGHTON1927 Brigadier-General Sir James E EDMONDS
1926 Vice Admiral Sir Herbert RICHMOND

1925 Captain Sir George ARTHUR

1924 Professor G A R CALLENDER1921 Major General Sir Charles CALLWELL
1919 Major General E D SWINTON1914 Sir Julian CORBETT
1913 Colonel Sir Lonsdale Augustus HALE

1911 Professor C W C OMAN

1910 Sir John Knox LAUGHTON1909 The Hon J W FORTESCUE
1907 Major General Sir Frederick MAURICE

1900 Captain Alfred Thayer MAHAN USN


For further information about the Chesney Gold Medal, please contact Neil Watling