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William Alison Dyke Acland was born on 18 December, 1847, the eldest of seven sons born to Sir Henry Wentworth Acland (died 1900), the first baronet.  He was educated at private schools before joining the [[Royal Navy]], entering the [[H.M.S. Britannia (Training Ship)|''Britannia'']] in September, 1861.  In June, 1867 he became a {{SubRN}} and was appointed to the ''Caledonia'', flagship of Vice-Admiral Lord Clarence Paget in the Mediterranean.  After service in the Royal Yacht,<ref name=Obit>"Admiral Sir W. A. Dyke Acland" (Obituaries).  ''The Times''.  Thursday, 27 November, 1924.  Issue '''43820''', col E, pg. 14.</ref> he was promoted to the rank of {{LieutRN}} on with seniority of 21 September, 1868.<ref>''London Gazette'': [http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/23427/pages/5168 no. 23427.  p. 5168.]  29 September, 1868.</ref>  In December, 1870 he was appointed to [[H.M.S. Excellent (Gunnery Training School)|''Excellent'']],<ref>"Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices).  ''The Times''.  Friday, 30 December, 1870.  Issue '''26947''', col C, pg. 3.</ref> and he specialised in gunnery duties.  In June, 1872 he was appointed as a Junior Staff Officer at ''Excellent'', before being appointed Gunnery Lieutenant of the ''Bellerophon'', flagship of Vice-Admiral George Wellesley on the North American Station.  In 1876 he became a Senior Staff Officer in ''Excellent'',<ref name=Obit/> and on 31 March, 1879 Acland was promoted to the rank of {{CommRN}}.<ref>''London Gazette'': [http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/24703/pages/2560 no. 24703.  p. 2560.]  1 April, 1879.</ref>
 
William Alison Dyke Acland was born on 18 December, 1847, the eldest of seven sons born to Sir Henry Wentworth Acland (died 1900), the first baronet.  He was educated at private schools before joining the [[Royal Navy]], entering the [[H.M.S. Britannia (Training Ship)|''Britannia'']] in September, 1861.  In June, 1867 he became a {{SubRN}} and was appointed to the ''Caledonia'', flagship of Vice-Admiral Lord Clarence Paget in the Mediterranean.  After service in the Royal Yacht,<ref name=Obit>"Admiral Sir W. A. Dyke Acland" (Obituaries).  ''The Times''.  Thursday, 27 November, 1924.  Issue '''43820''', col E, pg. 14.</ref> he was promoted to the rank of {{LieutRN}} on with seniority of 21 September, 1868.<ref>''London Gazette'': [http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/23427/pages/5168 no. 23427.  p. 5168.]  29 September, 1868.</ref>  In December, 1870 he was appointed to [[H.M.S. Excellent (Gunnery Training School)|''Excellent'']],<ref>"Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices).  ''The Times''.  Friday, 30 December, 1870.  Issue '''26947''', col C, pg. 3.</ref> and he specialised in gunnery duties.  In June, 1872 he was appointed as a Junior Staff Officer at ''Excellent'', before being appointed Gunnery Lieutenant of the ''Bellerophon'', flagship of Vice-Admiral George Wellesley on the North American Station.  In 1876 he became a Senior Staff Officer in ''Excellent'',<ref name=Obit/> and on 31 March, 1879 Acland was promoted to the rank of {{CommRN}}.<ref>''London Gazette'': [http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/24703/pages/2560 no. 24703.  p. 2560.]  1 April, 1879.</ref>
  
In 1879 Acland was appointed to the ''Triumph'' under Captain (later Admiral Sir) [[Albert Hastings Markham|Albert H. Markham]].  In October, 1880 the ship was ordered from Vancouver to Callao to preotect British interests while the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_of_the_Pacific War of the Pacific] raged between Chile and Peru.  Acland was offered by Rear-Admiral Stirling the position of naval attaché at Chilean General Headquarters, and was present at the battles of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Chorrillos Chorrillos] and of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Miraflores Miraflores] in 1881.  In May, 1883 he received command of the composite sloop ''Miranda'' on the Australian Station, and among his other duties on that station he was put in charge of preparing naval defences at Sydney, and also served as a Deputy Commissioner in the Western Pacific.  He went on Half Pay for a period of time<ref name=Obit/> after being  
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In 1879 Acland was appointed to the ''Triumph'' under Captain (later Admiral Sir) [[Albert Hastings Markham|Albert H. Markham]].  In October, 1880 the ship was ordered from Vancouver to Callao to preotect British interests while the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_of_the_Pacific War of the Pacific] raged between Chile and Peru.  Acland was offered by Rear-Admiral Stirling the position of naval attaché at Chilean General Headquarters, and was present at the battles of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Chorrillos Chorrillos] and of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Miraflores Miraflores] in 1881.  In May, 1883 he received command of the composite sloop ''Miranda'' on the Australian Station, and among his other duties on that station he was put in charge of preparing naval defences at Sydney, and also served as a Deputy Commissioner in the Western Pacific.  He went on Half Pay for a period of time<ref name=Obit/> after being promoted to the rank of {{CaptRN}} on 1 January, 1885.<ref>''London Gazette'': [http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/25429/pages/26 no. 25429.  p. 26.]  2 January, 1885.</ref>
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Sir William A. D. Acland, Bart. as a Rear-Admiral.
Photo: Library of Congress.

Admiral SIR William Alison Dyke Acland, Second Baronet, C.V.O., Royal Navy (18 December, 1847 – 26 November, 1924) was an officer of the Royal Navy in the latter half of the nineteenth century. He served as naval attaché to Chile during the War of the Pacific. He retired to Torquay after his last flag appointment ended in 1904 and retired from the service in 1911 with the rank of Admiral.

Life & Career

William Alison Dyke Acland was born on 18 December, 1847, the eldest of seven sons born to Sir Henry Wentworth Acland (died 1900), the first baronet. He was educated at private schools before joining the Royal Navy, entering the Britannia in September, 1861. In June, 1867 he became a Sub-Lieutenant and was appointed to the Caledonia, flagship of Vice-Admiral Lord Clarence Paget in the Mediterranean. After service in the Royal Yacht,[1] he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on with seniority of 21 September, 1868.[2] In December, 1870 he was appointed to Excellent,[3] and he specialised in gunnery duties. In June, 1872 he was appointed as a Junior Staff Officer at Excellent, before being appointed Gunnery Lieutenant of the Bellerophon, flagship of Vice-Admiral George Wellesley on the North American Station. In 1876 he became a Senior Staff Officer in Excellent,[1] and on 31 March, 1879 Acland was promoted to the rank of Commander.[4]

In 1879 Acland was appointed to the Triumph under Captain (later Admiral Sir) Albert H. Markham. In October, 1880 the ship was ordered from Vancouver to Callao to preotect British interests while the War of the Pacific raged between Chile and Peru. Acland was offered by Rear-Admiral Stirling the position of naval attaché at Chilean General Headquarters, and was present at the battles of Chorrillos and of Miraflores in 1881. In May, 1883 he received command of the composite sloop Miranda on the Australian Station, and among his other duties on that station he was put in charge of preparing naval defences at Sydney, and also served as a Deputy Commissioner in the Western Pacific. He went on Half Pay for a period of time[1] after being promoted to the rank of Captain on 1 January, 1885.[5]

Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Admiral Sir W. A. Dyke Acland" (Obituaries). The Times. Thursday, 27 November, 1924. Issue 43820, col E, pg. 14.
  2. London Gazette: no. 23427. p. 5168. 29 September, 1868.
  3. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Friday, 30 December, 1870. Issue 26947, col C, pg. 3.
  4. London Gazette: no. 24703. p. 2560. 1 April, 1879.
  5. London Gazette: no. 25429. p. 26. 2 January, 1885.

Bibliography

  • "Admiral Sir W. A. Dyke Acland" (Obituaries). The Times. Thursday, 27 November, 1924. Issue 43820, col E, pg. 14.

Service Records