Francis David Millet Brown

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Francis David Millet Brown
Francis David Millet Brown VC.jpg
Born 7 August 1837
Bhagalpur, British India
Died 21 November 1895 (aged 58)
Sandown, Isle of Wight
Buried at West Hill Cemetery, Winchester
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Bengal Army
Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
British Indian Army
Years of service 1855-1894
Rank Lieutenant-Colonel
Unit 1st European Bengal Fusiliers
101st Regiment of Foot
Indian Staff Corps
Battles/wars Indian Mutiny
Umbeyla Campaign
Awards Victoria Cross (UK) ribbon.png Victoria Cross

Colonel Francis David Millet Brown VC (7 August 1837 – 21 November 1895) was a British 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.


Brown was born on 7 August 1837 in Bhagalpur, India, the son of George Francis Brown of the Bengal Civil Service.[1][2] He was educated at Grosvenor College, Bath, and from 1852–54 by a private tutor, Brisco Morland Gane, late curate of Honiton.[citation needed]

He was 20 years old, and a lieutenant in the 1st European Bengal Fusiliers (later The Royal Munster Fusiliers) during the Indian Mutiny when the following deed, on 16 November 1857 at Narnoul, India for which Brown was awarded the Victoria Cross:

For great gallantry at Narnoul, on the 16th November, 1857, in having, at the imminent risk of his own life, rushed to the assistance of a wounded soldier of the 1st European Bengal Fusiliers, whom he carried off, under a very heavy fire from the enemy, whose cavalry were within forty or fifty yards of him at the time.[3]

He was again promoted, this time to Captain 23 August 1864. He returned to the army as Major on 7 December 1875. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel 8 December 1881. He was Presented to Queen Victoria at a Levee at St James' Palace on 24 April 1860. He later[when?] achieved the rank of Colonel.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Between 1868-73, Brown was employed as Assistant Principal of Thomason Civil Engineering College, Roorkee. He married Jessie Rhind Russel. Her date of birth is unknown. They had two sons:

  • Frank Russell Brown (24 March 1872 – 3 April 1900). Frank was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant, Royal Munster Fusiliers. He was made a Lieutenant, 1 August 1895.
  • Claude Russell Brown (born 11 April 1873 - died ??). Claude was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant, Royal Engineers, 22 July 1892. He was made a Lieutenant 22 July 1895.

Brown remarried,[when?] to Jessie Doris Childs, after the death of his first wife.[when?]


Francis David Millet Brown died on 21 November 1895, aged 58, from undisclosed causes, in Sandown, Isle of Wight and was buried in Winchester Cemetery, after a service at Winchester Cathedral.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Royal Munster Fusiliers". Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Edmund Burke (1896). The Annual Register of World Events: A Review of the Year. Longmans, Green. p. 217. 
  3. ^ "No. 22357". The London Gazette. 17 February 1860. p. 557. 


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