Born near Hanover Square in London to Liberal Party MP Francis Dyke Acland and Eleanor Margaret Cropper, Geoffrey was the younger brother of Richard Acland, who later became a Common Wealth Party and Labour Party MP. He studied at Rugby School, Trinity College, Cambridge, and the University of Grenoble. During World War II, he served with the Border Regiment, rising to become a Captain.
After the war, Acland became joint managing director of some paper mills, and he stood unsuccessfully for the Liberal Party in Westmorland at each election from 1945 to 1959. From 1954 to 1956, he was the Chairman of the Liberal Party. Acland married Winifred Julian Dorothy Fothergill in 1932, and they were the parents of six children.
- Officers of the British Army 1939-1945
- The Times House of Commons (1951), p.166
- Person Page - 3119, thepeerage.com
- The Times House of Commons (1959), p.171
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