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Sir Arthur Harold Brown in 1932

Vice-Admiral Sir Harold Arthur Brown GBE KCB (19 March 1878 – 15 February 1968) was an English engineer who served with the Royal Navy.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

Brown was born in Southery, Norfolk,[2] the son of farmer Joseph John Brown of Esher, Surrey and Caroline Martha Brown.[1][3]

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The grave of Sir Harold Brown in Brookwood Cemetery in 2018

Brown joined the Royal Navy in 1894 as a trainee engineer at the Devonport Dockyards. In 1899, he qualified as a Probationary Assistant Engineer, promoted to engineer lieutenant in 1900. In 1912, he was promoted to engineer lieutenant-commander, engineer commander in 1917 and engineer captain in 1924. He served in Washington as Assistant Naval Attache 1921–1925. In 1930 he was appointed engineer rear-admiral and in 1932 was appointed vice-admiral and Engineer-in-Chief of the Fleet. He served as Director-General of Munitions Production, The War Office and retired in 1936.[4] In 1910, he married Marion Lillie Macbean, daughter of Col. Forbes Macbean (1857–1919).[1] They are buried together in Brookwood Cemetery in Surrey.

Recognition[edit | edit source]

Brown was appointed:

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Burke, Sir Bernard, ed (1939). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knighthood (97th ed.). Burke's Peerage & Gentry. p. 2728. 
  2. 1911 England Census
  3. Norfolk, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1915
  4. "Brown, Sir Harold Arthur, Vice-Admiral, 1878-1968". Royal Museums, Greenwich. http://collections.rmg.co.uk/archive/objects/491693.html#A1T0gdA42jKVAFl1.99. 

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