Cecil Powis Frobisher Brown DSC, RN

Born  1 Nov 1904Malvern, Worcestershire
Died  24 Oct 1980(75)Tunbridge Wells, Kent

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30 Jul 1925 S.Lt.
30 Oct 1926 Lt.
30 Oct 1934 Lt.Cdr.
30 Jun 1942 Cdr.

Retired: 16 Aug 1949


3 Dec 1940 DSC
11 Nov 1941 Bar to DSC

Warship Commands listed for Cecil Powis Frobisher Brown, RN

HMS Gallant (H 59)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer22 Jul 1938Jan 1941
HMS Hotspur (H 01)Lt.Cdr.DestroyerJan 1941Jun 1941
HMS Lookout (G 32)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer21 Oct 19411 Aug 1942
HMS Pickle (J 293)Cdr.Minesweeper19 Feb 1945mid 1946

Career information

He was educated at RNC Osborne from 1917 and Dartmouth 1919. He went to sea in 1921 and served in HMS Thunderer, Wryneck, Wild Swan, Frobisher, and Swiftsure. He served as flag lieutenant in HMS Nelson, Rodney, and Queen Elizabeth. Brown commanded HMS Waterhen, Crusader, Hotspur, Gallant, Lookout, Pickle, Meon, Eskimo, Derby Haven, and Dido before retiring in 1949. He was awarded the DSC in the War. After his death the Commander C.P.F.Brown award for promising sea cadets was set up in his memory.

Cecil Powis Frobisher Brown died at the Pembury Hospital, Tunbridge Wells, Kent after being struck by a car on 24 Oct 1980. He was 75 years old.

Events related to this officer

Destroyer HMS Gallant (H 59)

20 Oct 1940 (position 36.00, -3.00)
The Italian submarine Lafolé was sunk north off Melilla in position 36°00'N, 03°00'W by the British destroyers HMS Gallant (Lt.Cdr. C.P.F. Brown, RN), HMS Hotspur (Cdr. H.F.H. Layman, DSO, RN) and HMS Griffin (Lt.Cdr. J. Lee-Barber, DSO, RN).

Destroyer HMS Hotspur (H 01)

11 Mar 1941
The damaged tanker Desmoulea (British, 8120 GRT, built 1939) departed Suda Bay in tow of the tug Irene Verenicos (?) [this is how the name is spelled in ADM 199/414]. They are escorted by the destroyer HMS Hotspur (Lt.Cdr. C.P.F. Brown, DSC, RN).

The next day HMS Hotspur is relieved by her sister ship HMS Hasty (Lt.Cdr. L.R.K. Tyrwhitt, RN) coming from Piraeus.

Due to the bad weather conditions the attempt to tow the Desmoulea was abandoned later on the 12th and she then returned to Suda Bay escorted by HMS Hasty. (1)


  1. ADM 199/414

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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