ⓘ Alfredo Acton was an Italian admiral, politician and Chief of Staff of the Regia Marina. He was born in Castellammare di Stabia, a descendant of a noble family ..

                                     

ⓘ Alfredo Acton

Alfredo Acton was an Italian admiral, politician and Chief of Staff of the Regia Marina.

He was born in Castellammare di Stabia, a descendant of a noble family which had originated in England before moving to Tuscany. His great-grandfather was General Joseph Edward Acton 1737–1830, brother of Sir John Acton, 6th Baronet, commander of the naval forces of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany and prime minister of Naples. His father was Ferdinando Acton and his uncle Guglielmo Acton, Minister for the Navy. His aunt Laura Acton was married to Marco Minghetti, prime minister of Italy.

Acton participated in the occupation of Massawa 1885, the intervention in the uprising on Crete by the International Squadron 1897–1898, the suppression of the Boxer Rebellion 1900, and the Italo-Turkish War 1912.

During the First World War, he became a rear admiral and was the Allied commander of an Italian-British-French force which fought the Battle of the Strait of Otranto against the Austrian-Hungarian Navy in 1917.

After the war, he was chief of staff of the Italian Navy in 1919–1921 and 1925–1927. He was named "Barone Acton" in 1925 and became a Senator in 1927.

In the United Kingdom, he was an honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath KCB. He was a bailiff of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.

He died in Naples, aged 66.