Francis David Millet Brown
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|Francis David Millet Brown
|Born||7 August 1837
Bhagalpur, British India
|Died||21 November 1895 (aged 58)
Sandown, Isle of Wight
|Buried at||West Hill Cemetery, Winchester|
British Indian Army
|Years of service||1855-1894|
|Unit||1st European Bengal Fusiliers
101st Regiment of Foot
Indian Staff Corps
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. He was educated at Grosvenor College, Bath, and from 1852–54 by a private tutor, Brisco Morland Gane, late curate of Honiton.
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.
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.
- 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.
- Harvey, David (1999). Monuments to Courage: Victoria Cross Headstones and Memorials. Vol.1, 1854–1916. Kevin & Kay Patience. OCLC 59437297.
- The Register of the Victoria Cross, This England (1997); ISBN 0-906324-27-0