Browne, Maximilian Herbert

Browne, Maximilian Herbert (Max)

Military Cross

Mentioned in Despatches (twice)

Captain

Royal Irish Rifles attached 108th Trench Mortar Battery, 36th (Ulster) Division

Killed in an accidental explosion on Friday 21 June 1918 (aged 22)

Buried:

Esquelbecq Military Cemetery, France (Grave III. A. 3)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Bangor Grammar School

Royal Belfast Academical Institution (RBAI)

Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) War Memorial

Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) Book of Remembrance

Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour

BIOGRAPHY

In some records his surname is spelt Brown.

Maximilian Herbert Browne was born on 28 May 1896 in Belfast and he was the second son of George Burrowes Browne and Margaret Browne (nee Milligan) who were married on 3 September 1892 in Knockbreda Parish Church of Ireland Church Newtownbreda.  George Burrowes Browne was born in Lurgan, lived at 14 Dunluce Terrace, Belfast and was a son of William Browne, a Methodist Minister.  Margaret Milligan from Ballinafeigh was a daughter of Peter Milligan, a merchant.

The Browne family lived in Knockbreda Park, Belfast and in Lisnamaul, Ormeau Road, Belfast.

George Browne was a Stocks and Shares Broker and he and Margaret had three children:

George Burrowes Milligan (born 24 March 1895 in Galwally)

Maximilian Herbert (born 28 May 1896)

Evelyn Margaret (born 18 December 1900 in Beechville, Knockbreda Park, Belfast)

Maximilian Herbert Browne was educated at RBAI and at Bangor Grammar School (1905/1906).

On 18 June 1915 he joined the Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) Officers’ Training Corps (OTC).

Captain Browne was killed in an accidental explosion at 5.40 pm on 21 June 1918 during a training exercise at 22 Corps School.  He was conducting an anti-aircraft practice on the range with live bomb ammunition and he had responsibility for examining the ammunition and cutting the fuses.  Three rounds were fired but the fourth exploded in the gun.  In addition to Max Browne, who was killed instantaneously, two other men died of wounds sustained in the incident.

Captain Maximilian Herbert Browne was 22 when he died, and he was buried in Esquelbecq Military Cemetery, France.

Captain Maximilian Herbert Browne is commemorated in Bangor Grammar School; in Royal Belfast Academical Institution (RBAI); on the Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) War Memorial; in the Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) Book of Remembrance and in the Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour.