Francis Browning

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Francis Browning
Cricket information
Batting style Right-handed batsman
Bowling style n/a - wicket-keeper
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 11
Runs scored 363
Batting average 18.15
100s/50s 0/1
Top score 56
Balls bowled 0
Wickets -
Bowling average -
5 wickets in innings -
10 wickets in match -
Best bowling -
Catches/stumpings 9/4
Source: Cricket Archive

Francis Henry Browning (23 June 1868 – 26 April 1916) was an Irish cricketer and President of the Irish Rugby Football Union. He was a right-handed batsman and a wicket-keeper.

Frank Browning was born in Dublin, Ireland. He made his debut for Ireland in August 1888 against Scotland, and went onto play for Ireland 38 times, his last game coming against Philadelphia in September 1909. Eleven of his games for Ireland had first-class status.

Outside cricket, he was a barrister-at-law. He became president of the Irish Rugby Football Union in 1912. Browning raised and commanded the Irish Rugby Football Union Volunteer Corps and was second in command of the Irish Association of Volunteer Training Corps.

He was killed in the Easter Rising of 1916 while serving with the part-time Volunteer Training Corps (a form of Home Guard). On Easter Monday the VTC unit he had formed were on an exercise in the Dublin mountains when they received news of the outbreak of the Rising in the city. Their return route led them across the narrow Mount Street Bridge where the men of the 1 (Dublin) battalion VTC in civilian clothes with arm-bands and carrying rifles but not ammunition, came under fire from an Irish Volunteer position at 25 Northumberland Road.[1] Seven of them were wounded, four - including Browning - fatally - before firing ceased.

Browning was taken to Beggars Bush barracks and then to Baggot Street Hospital where he died two days later, aged 47. He thus became the only first class cricketer to die in the Easter Rising. The inscription on his gravestone, erected by the IRFU in Dublin's Deans Grange Cemetery includes the wording, "He will live in the memory of all as an honourable comrade and distinguished sportsman." [2]

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