Harold Ernest Browne

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Captain (retired) Harold Ernest Browne, O.B.E. (4 December, 1874 – 21 July, 1939) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Browne was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 14 April, 1894.

Browne was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1906.[1]

On 1 January, 1908, Browne was appointed to the corvette Encounter on the Australian Station. In November, 1908 a Court of Enquiry probed a squabble between Browne and Encounter's Captain Herbert Arthur Stevenson Fyler and concluded that Fyler had been injudicious in dealing with his second in command, prompting Fyler to be superseded shortly thereafter.[2] Browne's appointment ended on 17 February, 1909 and he was sent home, expected to arrive 5 April, 1909. On 4 May, he was appointed to the second class protected cruiser Talbot.

Browne was appointed in command of the second class protected cruiser Apollo on 13 October, 1911.[3]


Browne was placed on the Retired List at his own request with the rank of Captain on 3 June, 1922.

World War II

Browne was deemed unfit for service on 16 February, 1939.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Francis W. Kennedy
Captain of H.M.S. Trafalgar
4 Oct, 1910
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Oscar M. Makins
Captain of H.M.S. Apollo
31 Oct, 1911[4] – 1 Jan, 1914
Succeeded by
Forster D. Arnold-Forster
Preceded by
Senior Naval Officer, Swansea
22 Jul, 1915[5] – Jan, 1916
Succeeded by
Herbert Powley


  1. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 11.
  2. Fyler Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/88. f. 69.
  3. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 279.
  4. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 279.
  5. Browne Service Record and Navy List February 1916, p. 9.