Hubert Guy Dyke Acland, Fourth Baronet

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Captain Hubert Guy Dyke Acland, Fourth Baronet, D.S.O., Royal Navy (8 June, 1890 – 6 May, 1978) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born the youngest son of Vice-Admiral Sir William Alison Dyke Acland, Second Baronet.

Acland was promoted to Lieutenant on 15 November, 1910.[1] He qualified in gunnery at H.M.S. Excellent in 1913, becoming a Lieutenant (G) on 27 July, 1914.

He served as Gunnery Officer in H.M.S. Illustrious until late November 1915 and in Commonwealth for the first four months of 1918.

Acland was promoted to Lieutenant-Commander on 15 November, 1918.

Acland was promoted to Commander on 31 December, 1924.

Acland was promoted to Captain on 30 June, 1932. Acland commanded the Fishery Protection and Minesweeping Flotilla, 1935–36, during which time he was hospitalized for a carbuncle on his neck, he was then lent to Royal Australian Navy, 1937–38.

He commanded the heavy cruiser H.M.A.S. Australia, 1937–38 and Albatross in 1938.

He served as Senior Officer of the Reserve Fleet, Devonport, 1939 and commanded the Chatham Gunnery School briefly at the end of 1939.

World War II

Acland commanded the cruiser H.M.S. Vindictive in 1941–42.

He was placed on the Retired List in 1942 before serving on the staff of Commander-in-Chief, Rosyth in 1943 and on the staff of Flag Officer in Charge, Northern Ireland, 1943–45.

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Squadron Gunnery Officer, Fifth Cruiser Squadron
? – c. late Dec, 1929[2]
Succeeded by
Harold Hickling
Preceded by
Henry J. Haynes
Captain of H.M.S. Castor
20 Aug, 1930[3] – 19 Dec, 1930[4]
Succeeded by
John G. Sutton
Preceded by
Guy L. Warren
as Commander, First Minesweeping Flotilla
Senior Officer, First Minesweeping Flotilla
2 May, 1934 – 1 May, 1935
Succeeded by
Victor A. C. Crutchley
Preceded by
John S. G. Fraser
Captain of H.M.S. Harebell
1 Aug, 1935[5] – 11 May, 1936[Fact Check][6]
Succeeded by
Victor A. C. Crutchley
Preceded by
Herbert A. Forster
Captain of H.M.A.S. Australia
5 Apr, 1937[7] – 23 Apr, 1938[8]
Succeeded by
Robert R. Stewart
Preceded by
C. J. Pope
Captain of H.M.A.S. Albatross
1938 – 1938
Succeeded by
Richard Sheridan-Patterson
as Captain of H.M.S. Albatross
Preceded by
Percy Todd
Captain of Chatham Gunnery School
6 Nov, 1939 – 14 Dec, 1939
Succeeded by
John W. Boutwood
Preceded by
Arthur R. Halfhide
Captain of H.M.S. Vindictive
15 Mar, 1941[9] – 15 Dec, 1942[10]
Succeeded by
Herbert W. Williams


  1. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 2.
  2. Hickling Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/55/195. f. 27.
  3. Acland Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/265. f. ?.
  4. Acland Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/265. f. ?.
  5. The Navy List. (October, 1935). p. 246.
  6. Acland Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/265. f. ?.
  7. The Navy List. (July, 1937). p. 295.
  8. R.A.N. page on the ship.
  9. page on the ship.
  10. page on the ship.