George Samuel Brown

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Commander (retired) George Samuel Brown, D.S.C. (27 March, 1888 – 6 April, 1935) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Grenville, Waterford, Brown gained two months' time on passing out of Britannia. He served in the battleships Magnificent, Britannia and Triumph before leaving to undertake college on 21 April, 1908. He did not do very well, obtaining third class certificates in Pilotage and Torpedo and failing Gunnery, initially. Brown was noted for submarines in December 1908 and did belated get a second class Gunnery certificate. Brown served in Dominion for much of 1909 before being appointed to Mercury for instruction in submarines on 15 September. He emerged on 8 August, 1910 and was appointed to join C 2. On 24 October, he moved to the smaller coastal submarine A 12. Brown was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 31 December, 1910.[1]

On 1 October 1911 Brown was admitted to Plymouth Hospital with a chancroid, emerging fit on 2 November.[2]

On 28 December, 1912, Brown was admitted to Haslar Hospital with Rheumatic (?) Fever. A gap seems to exist in the record, as on 19 April, 1913 Brown was discharged at his own request to undergo treatment for gonorrheal rheumatism. This affliction proved so incredibly protracted that Brown was simply called up for war service before he was found fit and he responded to take up the appointment in command of the destroyer Sunfish on 29 July, 1914.[3]

Brown seemed to have found his metier, as he impressed Captain Chetwode with his work in Sunfish where he demonstrated "outstanding ability" and that he was "capable and zealous to the last degree." On 1 June, 1915 Brown was sent to Devonport where he spent about ten days, before being appointed to the monitor M.20.[4]

Brown served in M.20 until he was appointed to the Redbreast on 13 March, 1916. On 7 September, he was appointed in command of the destroyer Acorn.[5]

On 20 July, 1918, Brown was ordered to give up command of Acorn and return to England, where he wa appointed in command of Peregrine on 24 October, 1918.[6]

Post-War

On 18 December, 1918, Brown was appointed in command of the gunboat Tarantula, where he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 31 December, 1918.[7]

Superseded in command of Tarantula on 7 May, 1920, Brown was placed on the Retired List at his own request with a gratuity upon expiration of his Foreign Service Leave on 19 November, 1920.[8]

Brown was promoted to the rank of Commander on 27 March, 1928.[9]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
John D. Sumner
Captain of H.M.S. Sunfish
29 Jul, 1914[10][11] – 1 Jun, 1915[12]
Succeeded by
William B. Clementson
Preceded by
Alfred G. Peace
Captain of H.M.S. Acorn
7 Sep, 1916[13][14] – 20 Jul, 1918[15]
Succeeded by
William B. Mackenzie
Preceded by
Somerville P. B. Russell
Captain of H.M.S. Peregrine
24 Oct, 1918[16][17] – 18 Dec, 1918[18]
Succeeded by
Frederick W. F. Fegen
Preceded by
Harold F. B. Handley
Captain of H.M.S. Tarantula
18 Dec, 1918[19][20] – 7 May, 1920[21]
Succeeded by
Edward B. Cloete

Footnotes

  1. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/15. f. 367.
  2. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/15. f. 367.
  3. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/15. f. 367.
  4. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/15. f. 367.
  5. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/15. f. 367.
  6. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/15. f. 367.
  7. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/15. f. 367.
  8. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/15. f. 367.
  9. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/15. f. 367.
  10. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/15. f. 367.
  11. The Navy List. (April, 1915). p. 398d-k.
  12. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/15. f. 367.
  13. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/15. f. 367.
  14. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 391a.
  15. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/15. f. 367.
  16. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/15. f. 367.
  17. The Navy List. (December, 1918). p. 867.
  18. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/15. f. 367.
  19. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/15. f. 367.
  20. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 914.
  21. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/15. f. 367.