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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.


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]


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]


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]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Leigh Rayment - British House of Commons, Tiverton". 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. 
  4. "No. 26801". 8 December 1896. 
  5. "No. 27049". 7 February 1899. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 "ThePeerage - Lt-Col Sir Gilbert John Acland-Troyte". Retrieved 10 February 2006. 
  7. "No. 27674". 6 May 1904. 
  8. "No. 27801". 6 June 1905. 
  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. 
  11. "No. 29284". 3 September 1915. 
  12. "No. 29438". 11 January 1916. 
  13. "No. 30111". 1 June 1917. 
  14. "No. 31109". 3 January 1919. 
  15. "No. 31357". 23 May 1919. 
  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. 

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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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