Sir Montague Browning
Browning in 1916
|Born||18 January 1863|
|Died||4 November 1947(aged 84)|
|Years of service||1876–1926|
|Commands held||Plymouth Command|
Second Sea Lord
4th Battle Squadron
North America and West Indies Station
3rd Cruiser Squadron
First World War
|Awards||Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath|
Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George
Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order
Commander of the Legion of Honour (France)
Grand Cordon of the Order of the Sacred Treasure (Japan)
Distinguished Service Medal (United States)
Grand Cordon of the Order of the Precious Brilliant Golden Grain (China)
He was promoted to captain on 1 January 1902, and in June that year was appointed flag captain in command of the cruiser HMS Ariadne. She was commissioned on 5 June 1902 as flagship of Vice-Admiral Sir Archibald Douglas, the new Commander-in-Chief of the North America and West Indies Station, where she arrived to take up the position on 15 July. Browning became Chief of Staff for the Channel Fleet in 1908 and Inspector of Target Practice in 1911.
He served in the First World War as Commander of the 3rd Cruiser Squadron of the Grand Fleet and then, from 1916, as Commander-in-Chief North America and West Indies. He commanded 4th Battle Squadron of the Grand Fleet from 1918.
He then became Second Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Personnel in 1919. In this capacity he also sought to dismantle the Royal Canadian Navy but this time faced determined and successful opposition from Rear Admiral Walter Hose. His last appointment was as Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth from 1920. He also became First and Principal Naval Aide-de-Camp to the King in 1925 and retired in 1926.
- Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
- "No. 27393". The London Gazette. 3 January 1902. p. 3.
- "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36754). London. 29 April 1902. p. 7.
- "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36822). London. 17 July 1902. p. 9.
- Disarming other ships The Adalaide Advertiser, 25 November 1918
- Rear Admiral Walter Hose: Saving the Royal Canadian Navy Archived 9 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum
- "No. 34599". The London Gazette. 17 February 1939. p. 1136.
- "No. 33299". The London Gazette. 2 August 1929. p. 5022.
Sir George Patey
| Commander-in-Chief, North America and West Indies Station
Sir William Grant
Sir Herbert Heath
| Second Sea Lord
Sir Henry Oliver
Sir Cecil Thursby
| Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth
Sir Richard Phillimore
Sir Somerset Gough-Calthorpe
| First and Principal Naval Aide-de-Camp
Sir Arthur Leveson
Sir Stanley Colville
| Rear-Admiral of the United Kingdom
Sir Hubert Brand
Sir Stanley Colville
| Vice-Admiral of the United Kingdom
Sir Martin Dunbar-Nasmith