Arthur Floyer-Acland

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Arthur Floyer-Acland
Arthur-Nugent-Floyer-Acland.jpg
Born 7 September 1885
Died 18 February 1980 (aged 94)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Years of service 1905–1942
Rank Lieutenant-General
Unit Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry
Commands held 1st Battalion, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry
3rd Infantry Brigade
43rd (Wessex) Infantry Division
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order
Military Cross
Relations Stafford Floyer-Acland (son)

Lieutenant General Arthur Nugent Floyer-Acland CB, DSO, MC, DL (7 September 1885 – 18 February 1980)[1] was a senior officer of the British Army who served in both World War I and World War II. He was Military Secretary from 1940 to 1942. In later life, he was High Sheriff and Deputy Lieutenant of Dorset.

Background[edit]

Born Arthur Acland, he was the second son of John Edward Acland and his wife Norah Letitia, daughter of Henry Nugent Bankes.[2] He was educated in Blundell's School, located in Tiverton, Devon.[3] In 1928, he assumed by Royal Licence the additional surname Floyer to inherit the estates of George Floyer.[4]

Military career[edit]

Floyer-Acland entered the British Army in 1905 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant into the 5th Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment.[5] In February 1907, he was transferred to the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry.[6] He fought in the First World War, receiving the Military Cross in 1915 and was promoted to a brevet-major two years later.[3] During the war he was mentioned in despatches seven times[3] and thereafter was decorated with the Distinguished Service Order in 1918[7] and the Croix de Guerre in 1920.[8] Floyer-Acland went to the Staff College, Camberley in 1921 and was breveted to lieutenant-colonel in 1927.[3]

Four years later he received the command of the 1st Battalion of his regiment and in 1934 became colonel,[9] being then attached to the War Office.[3] After two years he came in charge of the 3rd Infantry Brigade and took part in the Waziristan campaign until 1938.[1] Subsequently, Floyer-Acland was promoted to major-general[10] and became General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the 43rd (Wessex) Infantry Division, a Territorial Army (TA) formation, until February 1940.[11]

In 1940, he was appointed Military Secretary[12] and upon the Birthday Honour's in July was awarded a Companion of the Order of the Bath.[13] He was advanced to a lieutenant-general in 1941[14] and retired from his post in the next year.[15] Floyer-Acland was nominated High Sheriff of Dorset in 1953 and served as Deputy Lieutenant of that county from 1957.[3]

Family[edit]

On 6 December 1913, he married Evelyn Stafford Still, daughter of Stafford Still. His wife died in 1973 and Floyer-Acland survived her until 1980. Their only son was Stafford Floyer-Acland.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives – ACLAND, Arthur Nugent Floyer". Retrieved 11 December 2009. 
  2. ^ Fox-Davies, Arthur Charles (1929). Armorial Families. vol. I. London: Hurst & Blackett. p. 691. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Who is Who 1963. London: Adam & Charles Black Ltd. 1963. p. 1043. 
  4. ^ "No. 33431". The London Gazette. 19 October 1928. p. 6699. 
  5. ^ "No. 27779". The London Gazette. 28 March 1905. p. 2364. 
  6. ^ "No. 27995". The London Gazette. 15 February 1907. p. 1068. 
  7. ^ "No. 30718". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 May 1918. p. 6494. 
  8. ^ "No. 32113". The London Gazette (Supplement). 2 November 1920. p. 10742. 
  9. ^ "No. 34042". The London Gazette. 17 April 1934. p. 2469. 
  10. ^ "No. 34579". The London Gazette. 13 December 1938. p. 7915. 
  11. ^ "No. 34579". The London Gazette. 13 December 1938. p. 7917. 
  12. ^ "No. 34800". The London Gazette (Supplement). 23 February 1940. p. 1151. 
  13. ^ "No. 34893". The London Gazette (Supplement). 9 July 1940. p. 4244. 
  14. ^ "No. 35348". The London Gazette (Supplement). 14 November 1941. p. 6621. 
  15. ^ "No. 35746". The London Gazette (Supplement). 13 October 1942. p. 4481. 
  16. ^ Lundy, Darry. "ThePeerage – Lt-Gen Arthur Nugent Floyer-Acland". The Peerage. Retrieved 10 December 2006. [unreliable source]

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Military offices
Preceded by
Baptist Crozier
GOC 43rd (Wessex) Infantry Division
1938−1940
Succeeded by
Robert Pollok
Preceded by
Sir George Giffard
Military Secretary
1940−1942
Succeeded by
Sir Colville Wemyss