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acland, sir richard thomas dyke - Acland, sir richard thomas dyke (b. 1906); acland, sir richard thomas dyke - British politician. Born Nov. 26, 1906, he succeeded his father. Sir F. D. Acland (q.v.), as 15th baronet in 1939. Educated at Rugby and Balliol, he became Liberal M.P. for Barnstaple in 1935. For a time during the Second Great War he served as a gunner. Adopting progressively radical views, he founded the Forward March group in 1941, and next year merged it with J. B. Priestley's 1941 Committee to form the Common Wealth party, which he then led until 1945, when, after electoral defeat, he resigned from that party. In 1943 he transferred to the National Trust (q.v.) the family estates at Killerton. Devon.