Francis Clifton Brown

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Vice-Admiral Francis Clifton Brown, C.B., C.M.G., Royal Navy, Retired (10 July, 1874 – 6 September, 1963) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Brown gained twelve months' time on passing out of Britannia in December, 1889. His first appointment was to the turret ship Dreadnought in the Mediterranean, lasting from mid-January, 1890 to mid December, at which time he was re-appointed. He was finally ordered home on 6 October, 1892.[1]

Brown was confirmed in the rank of Sub-Lieutenant on 23 April, 1895, dated 14 October, 1893. His promotion to the rank of Lieutenant was dated 14 October, 1894.[2]

Brown was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1904. In 1905, he would lose confidential books and be told that the Admiralty expected him to take greater care in their custody in future.[3]

In January, 1910, he was appointed in command of the second class protected cruiser Thetis. He would be told in a 1911 inspection that things were satisfactory, but greater care to the appearance of the boats was required. He would be sent to War and Signal Courses for four months after being superseded in January, 1912. Brown was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1912 and appointed to command Cressy during the annual manoeuvres on 2 July.[4][5]

He was appointed in command of Skirmisher on 21 March, 1914,[6] and as Captain (D), Seventh Destroyer Flotilla.

He assumed command of the first class protected cruiser Edgar in June 1916, remaining in her until the following May. In September and October of 1916, he impressed Vice-Admiral, Eastern Mediterranean with the "tactful and very able manner in which he handled a most difficult situation in Crete." In December, he made "excellent arrangements" to carry out the occupation of Syria and was mentioned in despatches for his work.

Post-War

Brown would receive the C.M.G., the Greek Order of the Redeemer, Commander and also a C.B. for his services in the Eastern Mediterranean. Some of this time it appears was spent in Greek Naval service, for in 1919 he was asked for details of what approval he had been given for training Greek airmen in Egypt! In 1920, he was faulted for losing a pair of binoculars; it appears that he had not fitted them with a lanyard as Regulations required.[7]

Brown was appointed in command of Warspite on 4 May, 1920.[8]

Brown was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 1 July, 1922, vice Clinton-Baker, and was placed on the Retired List at his own request on 2 July.[9]

Brown was promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral (retired) on 3 August, 1927.[10]

On 11 November, 1929 Brown was nominated a Sheriff in the King's Bench Division of the High Court of Justice in the County of Berkshire.

Bibliography

  • "Obituaries" (Obituaries). The Times. Monday, 9 September, 1963. Issue 55801, col G, pg. 12.

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. Virago
15 Jun, 1897[11]
Succeeded by
Edward A. Baird
Preceded by
Reginald F. Parker
Captain of H.M.S. Thetis
25 Jan, 1910[12][13] – 30 Jan, 1912[14]
Succeeded by
Valentine E. B. Phillimore
Preceded by
Francis G. St. John
Captain of H.M.S. Sapphire
1 Jul, 1913[15][16] – 29 Aug, 1913[17]
Succeeded by
Hugh G. C. Somerville
Preceded by
Francis G. St. John
Captain of H.M.S. Skirmisher
21 Mar, 1914[18][19] – 5 May, 1915[20]
Succeeded by
Francis C. Brown
Preceded by
Francis G. St. John
Captain (D), Seventh Destroyer Flotilla
21 Mar, 1914[21][22] – 14 May, 1915[23]
Succeeded by
Laurence R. Oliphant
Preceded by
Cecil H. Fox
Captain of H.M.S. Topaze
14 May, 1914[24] – 16 May, 1915[25]
Succeeded by
Alexander R. W. Woods
Preceded by
Francis C. Brown
Captain of H.M.S. Skirmisher
16 May, 1915[26] – 8 Jun, 1916[27]
Succeeded by
Archibald Cochrane
Preceded by
Douglas L. Dent
Captain of H.M.S. Edgar
8 Jun, 1916[28][29] – 29 May, 1917[30]
Succeeded by
Alldin U. Moore
Preceded by
Charles P. R. Coode
Captain (D), Fifth Destroyer Flotilla
30 May, 1917[31] – 15 Aug, 1917[32]
Succeeded by
George K. Chetwode
Preceded by
Ernest K. Loring
Captain of H.M.S. Warspite
4 May, 1920[33][34] – 4 May, 1922[35]
Succeeded by
Robert N. Bax
 

Footnotes

  1. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/445. f. 496.
  2. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/445. f. 496.
  3. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/445. f. 496.
  4. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/445. f. 496.
  5. The London Gazette: no. 28623. p. 4748. 2 July, 1912.
  6. The Navy List. (April, 1914). p. 374.
  7. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/445. f. 496.
  8. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 897.
  9. The London Gazette: no. 32728. p. 5201. 11 July, 1922.
  10. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/445. f. 496.
  11. "The Diamond Jubilee" The Times (London, England), Wednesday, Jun 16, 1897; pg. 8; Issue 35231.
  12. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/445. f. 496.
  13. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 386.
  14. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/445. f. 496.
  15. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/445. f. 496.
  16. The Navy List. (August, 1913). p. 372.
  17. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/445. f. 496.
  18. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/445. f. 496.
  19. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 398b.
  20. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/445. f. 496.
  21. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/445. f. 496.
  22. The Navy List. (April, 1914). p. 374.
  23. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/445. f. 496.
  24. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/445. f. 496.
  25. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/445. f. 496.
  26. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/445. f. 496.
  27. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/445. f. 496.
  28. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/445. f. 496.
  29. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 394a.
  30. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/445. f. 496.
  31. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/445. f. 496.
  32. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/445. f. 496.
  33. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/445. f. 496.
  34. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 897.
  35. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/445. f. 496.