1. Memorial:Chatham Naval Memorial21 Kent
2. Book:The Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918

Awards & Titles:

Queen's South Africa Medal
Long Service & Good Conduct Medal

Family :

Son of George Henry and Agnes Browning. Born at Faversham, Kent.

Military :


Unit :HMS Vanguard 
Attached : 
Action :HMS Vanguard - Naval Accident 

BROWNING, Percy Garnet, Chief Petty Officer, HMS Vanguard Queen's South African Medal, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.

During the war there were a number of Naval Accidents which we have isolated because of their shocking caualties and the corresponding impact on members of the craft. There were a number of vessels destroyed in port by explosions which we would today categorise as 'Health & Safety' failures.

HMS Vanguard was a St Vincent class battleship, an enhancement of the Dreadnought design built by Vickers at Barrow-in-Furness. She was designed and built during the Anglo-German naval race and spent her life in the British Home Fleet. At the outbreak of World War I, HMS Vanguard joined the First Battle Squadron at Scapa Flow, and fought in the Battle of Jutland as part of the Fourth Battle Squadron. She was a part of the action from beginning to end, but did not suffer any damage or casualties. Just before midnight on Monday, 9 July 1917 at Scapa Flow, Vanguard suffered an explosion, probably caused by an unnoticed stokehold fire heating cordite stored against an adjacent bulkhead in one of the two magazines which served the amidships gun turrets P and Q.

She sank almost instantly, killing an estimated 843 men; there were only two survivors. The site is now designated as a controlled site under the Protection of Military Remains Act. In terms of loss of life, the destruction of the Vanguard remains the most catastrophic accidental explosion in the history of the UK, and one of the worst accidental losses of the Royal Navy. 15 Freemasons died on HMS Vanguard. They were; STONEBRIDGE Herbert Artificer PEIRSON Edward Leslie Assistant Paymaster BROWNING Percy Garnet Chief Petty Officer SEAL William Henry. Chief Petty Officer SMITH Richard Maurice Chief Petty Officer THORPE Robert William Chief Petty Officer HARVEY William Chief Stoker TIDMARSH Alfred Henry Chief Stoker GREENAWAY Walter Joseph Henry Cook TAYLOR Victor William Engine Room Artificer STEVENS Philip Bennett Fleet Paymaster BARTON Enoch Seaman SMITH Ernest Sick Berth Steward HOLLAND Andrew Steward RAYNER Edward Surgeon

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : King's Navy No. 2901 E.C.East Kent

19th July 1909
16th August 1909
20th September 1909

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