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Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Gilbert John Acland-Troyte CMG, DSO, JP (4 September 1876 – 27 April 1964)[1] was a British soldier and Conservative Party politician.

Background

He was the third son of Colonel Charles Arthur William Troyte and his wife Katherine Mary Walrond, daughter of Sir John Walrond, 1st Baronet.[2] Acland-Troyte was educated at Eton College and then at Trinity College, Cambridge[3]

Career

In 1896, Acland-Troyte served as second lieutenant in the 3rd Volunteer Battalion, Devonshire Regiment[4] He was transferred to the King's Royal Rifle Corps in 1899[5] and fought in the Second Boer War one year later, where he was dangerously wounded.[6] He was with his regiment in Somaliland between 1903 and 1904 and was afterwards promoted to lieutenant.[7] He became captain already in 1905, for services to the Colonial Office.[8]

During the First World War, Acland-Troyte was mentioned in despatches seven times.[9] He was appointed Deputy Assistant Adjutant and Quartermaster-General in the beginning of 1915[10] and was promoted to major in September.[11] In the following year, Acland-Troyte was decorated with the Distinguished Service Order[12] and in 1917, he was awarded a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG).[13] After the war, he received the French Croix de Guerre in January 1919[14] and retired as brevet lieutenant-colonel only few months later.[15] With the begin of the Second World War, he was reactivated and joined the British Home Guard in 1940.[16]

Acland-Troyte contested Tiverton unsuccessfully in a by-election in 1923.[16] He entered the British House of Commons for the constituency in the following year, sitting for it until 1945.[1] Following his retirement from politics, he was knighted[17] and a year later was nominated Master of Foxhounds of Tiverton, Devon, an office he held until 1950.[6] He represented the latter county as Justice of the Peace and alderman.[2] In 1937, Acland was elected president of the Central Landowners Association, which post he left after two years.[16]

Family

On 12 October 1909, he married Gwladys Eleanor Quicke, daughter of Ernest Henry Godolphin Quicke.[6] Acland-Troyte died in 1964, childless and was survived by his wife for your years.[6]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Leigh Rayment - British House of Commons, Tiverton". http://www.leighrayment.com/commons/Tcommons2.htm. Retrieved 12 August 2008. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Fox-Davies, Arthur Charles (1929). Armorial Families. vol. II. London: Hurst & Blackett. pp. 1966–1967. 
  3. "Troyte (or Acland-Troyte), Gilbert John Acland (TRT895GJ)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. http://venn.lib.cam.ac.uk/cgi-bin/search.pl?sur=&suro=c&fir=&firo=c&cit=&cito=c&c=all&tex=%22TRT895GJ%22&sye=&eye=&col=all&maxcount=50. 
  4. "No. 26801". 8 December 1896. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/26801/page/ 
  5. "No. 27049". 7 February 1899. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/27049/page/ 
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 "ThePeerage - Lt-Col Sir Gilbert John Acland-Troyte". http://www.thepeerage.com/p3142.htm#i31419. Retrieved 10 February 2006. 
  7. "No. 27674". 6 May 1904. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/27674/page/ 
  8. "No. 27801". 6 June 1905. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/27801/page/ 
  9. Snowden, Kathryn Louise (2001). British 21st Infantry Division on the Western Front 1914-1918. University of Birmingham. pp. 171. 
  10. "No. 29041". 15 January 1915. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/29041/page/ 
  11. "No. 29284". 3 September 1915. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/29284/page/ 
  12. "No. 29438". 11 January 1916. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/29438/page/ 
  13. "No. 30111". 1 June 1917. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/30111/page/ 
  14. "No. 31109". 3 January 1919. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/31109/page/ 
  15. "No. 31357". 23 May 1919. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/31357/page/ 
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Who is Who 1963. London: Adam & Charles Black Ltd.. 1963. pp. 12. 
  17. "No. 36943". 16 February 1945. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/36943/page/ 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Francis Dyke Acland
Member of Parliament for Tiverton
1924 – 1945
Succeeded by
Derick Heathcoat Amory

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