Edward Stevenson Browne

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Edward Stevenson Brown
Born 23 December 1852
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Died 16 July 1907 (aged 54)
Montreux, Switzerland
Buried Clarens Cemetery, Montreux
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Brigadier-General
Unit 24th Regiment of Foot
South Wales Borderers
Battles/wars Anglo-Zulu War - Battle of Hlobane
Awards Victoria Cross
Order of the Bath

Brigadier General Edward Stevenson Browne, VC, CB (23 December 1852 – 16 July 1907) was a British Army officer, and an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

Early career[edit]

Browne was commissioned a second lieutenant in the 24th Regiment of Foot (later The South Wales Borderers) on 23 September 1871, and promoted to lieutenant on 28 October 1871.[1]

Victoria cross Details[edit]

He was 26 years old, and a lieutenant in the 1st Battalion, 24th Regiment of Foot during the Anglo-Zulu War when the following deed took place on 29 March 1879 at the battle of Hlobane, South Africa for which he was awarded the VC:

For his gallant conduct, on the 29th March, 1879, when the Mounted Infantry were being driven in by the enemy at Inhlobana, in galloping back and twice assisting on his horse (under heavy fire and within a few yards of the enemy) one of the mounted men, who must otherwise have fallen into the enemy's hands.[2]

Later career[edit]

Browne was promoted to captain on 19 May 1880, to major on 2 November 1885, to lieutenant-colonel on 8 April 1893, and to colonel on 8 April 1897.[1] He was in command of the South Wales Borderers Regimental District until 4 March 1900, when he was appointed an Assistant Adjutant General of the North-Eastern District, stationed at York.[3] He went on to be General Officer Commanding North Eastern District (with the temporary rank of brigadier-general) from 4 September 1902,[4] before retiring in November 1903 with the rank of Brigadier-general.[5] He also commanded the West-Yorkshire Volunteer Brigade.[6]

The medal[edit]

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Regimental Museum of The Royal Welsh, Brecon, Powys, Wales.[7]


  1. ^ a b Hart's Army list, 1901
  2. ^ "No. 24734". The London Gazette. 17 June 1879. p. 3966. 
  3. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36070). London. 20 February 1900. p. 9. 
  4. ^ "No. 27474". The London Gazette. 16 September 1902. p. 5964. 
  5. ^ "Army Commands" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  6. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36776). London. 24 May 1902. p. 8. 
  7. ^ "Edward Stevenson Browne". Memorials to valour. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 

Further reading[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
Reginald Thynne
GOC North Eastern District
Succeeded by
Leslie Rundle