Arthur Floyer-Acland

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Arthur Floyer-Acland
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.


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]


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]


  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
Succeeded by
Robert Pollok
Preceded by
Sir George Giffard
Military Secretary
Succeeded by
Sir Colville Wemyss