BROWNING, Stanley Forrester

Born 22nd April 1896 in Streatham.

Son of Bertram and Kathleen Browning nee Forrester, latterly of "Rutleigh," 46, Furze Lane, Purley, Surrey.

His father Bertram was a spice and seed merchant.

Stanley was baptised on 8th June 1896 at St Leonard’s Church, Streatham.

He had an older brother Jack Bertram born 25th March 1893 and a yonger brother Basil Hugh born 1899.

Stanley was educated at Malvern College. He was in School House from 1910 to 1914 and was a House Prefect in his final year. 

He was described as a plucky footballer who played for the College XX11.

He is commemorated at Malvern College in the school chapel along with 456 other former scholars who died in the Great War.

He learnt to fly at Brooklands Military College and passed his test on 13th December 1915 on a Maurice Farman Biplane

While Stanley seems to have enlisted as a Private with the Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) and then transferred to the Royal Flying Corps his older brother Jack served with the Royal Engineers (TF).

The Supplement to the London Gazette 29th January 1916 p1217 refers to Stanley:

The undermentioned to be temporary Second. Lieutenants for duty with the Royal Flying Corps: — Dated 25th October 1915

Private Stanley Forrester Browning from The Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)

He was later a Captain in the Royal Flying Corps and was killed in action.

41 Sq Gen Lis

Stanley died on 3rd May 1917

He was buried in Tyne Cot Cemetery. Grave Ref. LXIII. D. 5.

Stanley left a Will in which he bequeathed £247 15s 10d to his widowed mother Kathleen.

He is also commemorated on the Woodcote Green War Memorial and on the memorial at St Mark#s Woodcote..

Both Stanley's brothers survived the war. Jack died in 1978 in Croydon and Basil (who was the only brother to marry) died in 1977 in Cuckfield.

I am grateful to Ian Quickfall, Archivist, Malvern College for additional information and photographs of Stanley and the memorial in the Chapel.

The poster below was created to be displayed in A2 format at the exhibition accompanying the Armistice Day service at Purley War Memorial Hospital 11.11.2014

The other pdf file contains another excellent photo of Stanley provided by Malvern College.

Hilary Fife,
Nov 14, 2014, 3:39 AM
Hilary Fife,
Nov 17, 2014, 11:26 AM