Albert Gladstone

Sir Albert Charles Gladstone, 5th Baronet, MBE, DL (28 October 1886 – 2 March 1967) was a British businessman and rower who won a gold medal at the 1908 Summer Olympics.

Albert Gladstone
Medal record
Men's rowing
Representing  Great Britain
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1908 London Men's eight

Gladstone was born at Hawarden Castle, Flintshire, Wales, the eldest son of the Reverend Stephen Edward Gladstone and Annie Crosthwaite Wilson, and the grandson of the former Prime Minister, William Ewart Gladstone.[1] As a twelve-year-old, he attended William Gladstone's state funeral.[2] Gladstone was educated at Eton College and graduated from Christ Church, Oxford, in 1909 with a BA.

During his time at Oxford he was a member of the rowing eight and rowed for Oxford in the Boat Race on four occasions between 1906 and 1909. He was a member of the Christ Church eight that won the Grand Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta in 1908. Four weeks later, he was a crew member of the Leander eight, which won the gold medal for Great Britain rowing at the 1908 Summer Olympics.[3]

Gladstone served in World War I in Mesopotamia and Gallipoli, and was mentioned in dispatches. He was promoted to Captain in the 2nd/5th Royal Gurkha Rifles (Frontier Force), in the Indian Army Reserve, and was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1919.[4]

Gladstone was a successful businessman and held many important positions being a Director of the Bank of England from 1924 to 1947 and a senior partner of Ogilvy, Gillanders & Company, East India merchants. He was appointed Lieutenant of the City of London and was High Sheriff of the County of London in 1929. In 1935 he became Constable of Flint Castle and held the post until his death.[5] He succeeded his cousin Sir John Evelyn Gladstone as baronet, on the latter's death on 12 February 1945.[6]

Gladstone died in Fordingbridge, Hampshire aged 80. As he never married and had no issue, the title passed to his younger brother, Charles Andrew Gladstone, who became the 6th Baronet.

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  1. ^ Melville Henry de Massue (1994). The Blood Royal of Britain. Baltimore: Genealogical Pub Co. ISBN 0-8063-1431-1.
  2. ^ "No. 26980". The London Gazette. 22 June 1898. p. 3845.
  3. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Albert Gladstone". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020.
  4. ^ "No. 31210". The London Gazette. 28 February 1919. p. 2995.
  5. ^ "Sir Albert Charles Gladstone of Fasque and Balfour, 5th Bt". Retrieved 7 September 2008.
  6. ^ Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, page 1558

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Honorary titles
Preceded by
Hon. Roland Kitson
High Sheriff of the County of London
Succeeded by
Hon. George Colville
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Gladstone
(of Fasque)
Succeeded by
Charles Gladstone