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Brown, Arthur Ernest, CIE
1882-1952; e.m. 1904

The son of a WM missionary, John Milton Brown, K-i-H, CIE (1843-1934; e.m. 1865; in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) and India 1866-1901), he was educated at Kingswood School and Cambridge, where he was a Wrangler in the Mathematics Tripos. He served in the Bengal District 1904-1936 and was Principal of Bankura College 1917-18 and Chairman of the District 1924-1929, before returning to circuit work in England. He died at Churchdown, Glos, on 15 July 1952.

His older son Sir Ralph Kilner Brown OBE (1909-2003) was born in Calcutta on 28 August 1909. Educated at Kingswood School and Cambridge, his career at the Bar was interrupted by war service. As a member of a small group briefing the Chiefs of Staff and the War Cabinet, he held outspoken views and correctly predicted that the Dieppe raid in 1942 would be a disaster. He later organized shipping into Antwerp and reached the rank of brigadier. Returning to practice in 1946, he took Silk in 1958, was finally appointed to the Queen's Bench Division of the High Court in 1970 and retired in 1984. A lifelong Liberal, he unsuccessfully contested four general elections. He was particularly committed to the work of the Boys' Brigade and the Royal Institute for the Deaf. He died on 15 July 2003.

A younger son, Arthur Godfrey Kilner Brown (1915-1995) was brought up in Warwick by a friend of his parents when they returned to Bengal. Educated at Warwick School and Peterhouse, Cambridge, his outstanding career as an athlete included silver and gold medals at the 1936 Olympic Games. He was headmaster of the Royal Grammar School,Worcester 1950-1978. He retired to Sussex in 1978 and died in 1995.


  • Methodist Recorder, 13 Nov 1934, 24 July 1952
  • Times, 8 July 2003
  • Paul Bolitho, More Ripples from Warwickshire's Past (Warwick, 1997) p.78

Entry written by: DCD and JAV
Category: Person

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