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Browne, William Dennis

Dennis Browne came to Guy’s in January, 1913, and succeeded Clive Caret as organist to the hospital and conductor of the musical society. He was educated at Rugby School and Clare College, Cambridge, where he held a classical and two musical scholarships, and was already marked as a musician of exceptional promise. His compositions included a short ballet and a few admirable songs, and some Latin church music which has been performed at Westminster Cathedral.


He joined the Royal Naval Division last September with his friend Rupert Brooke, and took part in the Antwerp Expedition. He was slightly wounded at the Dardanelles on May 8th, and had only just rejoined his battalion when he was killed. His singular charm of character had gained him many friends, and he will be long remembered by all who met him at Guy’s.


“D. B.” was one of the fortunate few who possessed an artistic temperament together with an absolute lack of snobbishness; his sincerity could never be doubted for an instant by any one with whom he came in contact. His friendship was a thing to be prized, and though he was only at Guy’s for a short time, there are many here who will feel that “The world is poorer for a man.” Guy’s Hospital Gazette

 

Biographical

Surname(s)Browne
First name(s)William Dennis
Previous educationRugby; Clare College, Cambridge
CollegeGuy's Hospital
Dates at collegeJanuary 1913 as Organist
Military unitRoyal Naval Volunteer Reserve, Hood Bn. R.N. Div.
Date enlistedSeptember 1914
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
Date of death4 June 1915
Rank at deathSub Lieutenant
Place of deathDardanelles
Cause of deathKilled in action
Commemoration(s)Guy's Hospital Memorial; Helles Memorial; Clare College, Cambridge Roll of Honour
SourcesGuy's Hospital Medical School Records, King's College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission; Wikipedia

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