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Edward Douglas Browne-Synge-Hutchinson
6 March 1861 – 3 March 1940
Victoria Cross Medal without Bar.png
Place of birth Dagshai, British India
Place of death Marble Arch, London
Resting place Golders Green Crematorium
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Colonel
Commands held 14th Hussars
Battles/wars Second Boer War
Awards Victoria Cross
Order of the Bath
Relations Lieutenent-General Coote Synge-Hutchinson
Other work Freeman of the City of London

Colonel Edward Douglas Browne-Synge-Hutchinson VC CB (6 March 1861 – 3 March 1940) was a recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.



He was 39 years old, and a major in the 14th Hussars, British Army during the Second Boer War when the following deed took place on 13 October 1900 at Geluk, South Africa for which he was awarded the VC:

On the 13th October, 1900, at Geluk, when the enemy were within 400 yards, and bringing a heavy fire to bear, Major Brown, seeing that Sergeant Hersey's horse was shot, stopped behind the last squadron as it was retiring, and helped Sergeant Hersey to mount behind him, carrying him for about three-quarters of a mile to a place of safety. He did this under a heavy fire. Major Brown afterwards, enabled Lieutenant Browne, 14th Hussars, to mount, by holding his horee, which was very restive under the heavy fire. Lieutenant Browne could not otherwise have mounted. Subsequently Major Brown carried Lance-Corporal Trumpeter Leigh out of action.[1]

Further information

He was born as Edward Douglas Brown in Kasauli, Dagshai, India. In 1904 he took the name but not the title of his uncle, Sir Edward Synge-Hutchinson, to become Edward Douglas Browne-Synge-Hutchinson VC. He was also the nephew of Lieutenant General Coote Synge-Hutchinson. He achieved the rank of Colonel and died in London.[2]

The medal

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the 14th/20th King's Hussars Museum, Preston, Lancashire, England.


  1. ^ London Gazette: no. 27266, p. 308, 15 January 1901. Retrieved on 30 October 2009.
  2. ^ Warwick and Warwick auction details

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