Percy George Brown

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Captain (retired) Percy George Brown, C.B.E, R.N. (9 December, 1874 – 24 May, 1954) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Edinburgh, the son of Commander Brown.[1]

Brown was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1 October, 1896.[2]

Brown was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1908.[3][4]

Great War

On 25 August, 1914, Brown was superseded in the torpedo gunboat Hussar and returned to England. On 4 October, he was appointed to Portsmouth to superintend the fitting out of mine sweeping vessels. He married Mary Hatchins on 12 December, 1914 and remained in his Portsmouth duty until 18 April, 1915 when he was appointed in command of the armed merchant cruiser H.M.S. Patuca. After four months and a collision with a Swedish steamer on 1 July for which Brown was held to blame, he was appointed to the first class protected cruiser Ariadne, where he would remain until 5 May, 1916 when he would start a year in command of drifters based in the Nore.[5]

On 19 July, 1917, Brown was appointed to take command of H.M.S. Champagne (formerly Oropesa) as Acting Captain. She would be lost to submarine attack along with over fifty lives under his command on 9 October, 1917. The Court Martial conducted thereafter noted that Brown had remained in the ship until she sank from under his feet, thereby eliciting Their Lordships' approval. Percy Brown was awarded the C.B.E. in recognition of this action, gazetted 11 June, 1919 and invested on 31 July, 1919.[6]

Post-War

Brown was placed on the Retired List on 20 December, 1919 with the rank of Captain (retired) from 17 December, 1919. He was informed that his naval services were not needed in 1939 and that he was free to engage in other defence activities. Brown died in 1954 of a coronary thrombosis related to a prostatectomy.[7]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Henry F. G. Talbot
Captain of H.M. T.B. 103
14 Dec, 1899[8] – 1 Feb, 1901[9]
Succeeded by
Walter P. Koe
Preceded by
Walter R. G. Petre
Captain of H.M.S. Bittern
2 Oct, 1905[10] – 28 May, 1906[11]
Succeeded by
John R. Corner
Preceded by
Walter R. G. Petre
Captain of H.M.S. Erne
28 May, 1906[12] – 10 Jul, 1906[13]
Succeeded by
Harold G. Innes
Preceded by
Harold G. Innes
Captain of H.M.S. Osprey
10 Jul, 1906[14][15] – 21 Jan, 1909[16]
Succeeded by
George W. McO. Campbell
Preceded by
Lionel G. Preston
Captain of H.M. T.B. 99
4 Jan, 1910[17] – 23 Apr, 1910[18]
Succeeded by
Alexander L. Fletcher
Preceded by
Alexander L. Fletcher
Captain of H.M. T.B. 107
23 Apr, 1910[19] – 10 Jun, 1910[20]
Succeeded by
Alexander L. Fletcher
Preceded by
Henry D. Pridham-Wippell
Captain of H.M. T.B. 104
10 Jun, 1910[21] – 22 Aug, 1910[22]
Succeeded by
Kenneth C. Helyar
Preceded by
Charles H. Jones
Captain of H.M.S. Havock
Sep, 1910[23][24] – 31 Oct, 1911[25]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Lionel G. Dawson
Captain of H.M.S. Bruizer
31 Oct, 1911[26][27] – 6 Jan, 1912[28]
Succeeded by
George P. England
Preceded by
Hubert H. Holland
Captain of H.M.S. Circe
6 Jan, 1912[29] – 8 Apr, 1912[30]
Succeeded by
Henry C. Alcock
Preceded by
Francis G. C. Coates
Captain of H.M.S. Jason
8 Apr, 1912[31][32] – Jun, 1913[33]
Succeeded by
Lionel G. Preston
Preceded by
Neston W. Diggle
Captain of H.M.S. Hussar
10 Jun, 1913[34][35] – 25 Aug, 1914[36]
Succeeded by
James A. Rogers
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. Osiris
25 Aug, 1914[37] – 20 Sep, 1914[38]
Succeeded by
Claude A. Rombulow-Pearse
Preceded by
James H. Neild
Captain of H.M.S. Patuca
18 Apr, 1915[39] – 19 Aug, 1915[40][41]
Succeeded by
Tristan Dannreuther
Preceded by
Hugh S. Shipway
Captain of H.M.S. Ariadne
6 Sep, 1915[42][43] – 5 May, 1916[44]
Succeeded by
Pieter G. V. Vander Byl
Preceded by
Norman L. Stanley
as Captain of H.M.S. Oropesa
Captain of H.M.S. Champagne
19 Jul, 1917[45] – 9 Oct, 1917[46]
Succeeded by
Vessel Lost

Footnotes

  1. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/435. f. 486.
  2. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/435. f. 486.
  3. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 11.
  4. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/435. f. 486.
  5. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/435. f. 486.
  6. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/435. f. 486.
  7. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/435. f. 486.
  8. The Navy List. (March, 1900). p. 268.
  9. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/141/261
  10. The Monthly Navy List. (December, 1905). p. 284.
  11. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/435. f. 486.
  12. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/435. f. 486.
  13. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/435. f. 486.
  14. The Navy List. (October, 1908). p. 351.
  15. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/435. f. 486.
  16. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/435. f. 486.
  17. The Monthly Navy List. (December, 1905). p. 284.
  18. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/435. f. 486.
  19. The Monthly Navy List. (December, 1905). p. 284.
  20. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/435. f. 486.
  21. "Naval and Military Intelligence". The Times. Tuesday, 7 June, 1910. Issue 39292, col B, p. 6.
  22. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/125/5
  23. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/435. f. 486.
  24. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 323.
  25. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/435. f. 486.
  26. The Navy List. (January, 1912). p. 289.
  27. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/435. f. 486.
  28. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/435. f. 486.
  29. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/435
  30. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/435
  31. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 334.
  32. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/435. f. 486.
  33. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/435
  34. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/435. f. 486.
  35. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 327. 25 June indicated here.
  36. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/435.
  37. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/435. f. 486.
  38. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/435. f. 486.
  39. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/435. f. 486.
  40. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 401w.
  41. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/435. f. 486.
  42. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 392d.
  43. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/435. f. 486.
  44. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/435. f. 486.
  45. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/435. f. 486.
  46. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/435. f. 486.