THEIR SEVEN CHILDREN:
NOTES ON EDGAR MONTEAGLE
Information from a news clipping: "By-election in Whitechapel" The Daily Telegraph.
I am guessing the year to be 1913 (the only year where a Monday falls on the 21st during months that Passover could begin). He was unanimously adopted as the Unionist candidate at "a specially convened meeting of the Whitechapel Conservative and Unionist Association in St. Paul's School Wellclose Square". The by_election seems to have been provoked by a decision of the Privy Council going against the incumbent, Samuel. This was an interesting riding. Apparently, at least one-third if not more of the voters were Jewish as was Sir Stewart Samuel. BROWNE looked to them for support in the hopes that they "would vote for the policy and not for the man", especially since it seemed that they were "absolutely antagonistic to the programme of the Liberal Party". He did not want the election to be fought on the basis of personalities "I attach no personal blame to Sir Stewart Samuel," he said, "and I hope the electorate will fight simply on the policy".
According to the By-election news report,
In a news clipping "Whitechapel Guardians", debate centres around a letter which Browne sent to the Chairman asking for assistance in expediting the emigration of two men who wished to emigrate to Canada without delay and who were "reported upon favourably by the Canadian Emigration Officer and were deserving cases". The appeal was turned down as the committee felt that BROWNE might use their support to his own political advantage, "A prospective Parliamentary candidate might say 'See what I can do for the poor of the district.' If these people were deserving of emigration there were proper channels for the purpose, and it should not be done through a political candidate in the district."
A clipping from the London Observer describes a presentation to Captain E. Monteagle BROWNE. A Mrs. Cohen, who was unable to attend sent her regrets and "paid her tribute to Captain Browne's cheerful personality and good fellowship". Obviously the by-election was a close race as Alderman Hodsoll "referred to the splendid work their late candidate performed in the division during the 2 1/2 years pointing out that in that time he had reduced a majority of 588 to 166".
BROWNE was presented with a framed and illuminated address and an album containing 300 signatures. The address was as follows:
From a news account of their wedding:
On May 24th, 1917, Colonel Monteagle-BROWNE of the Royal Munster Fusiliers was awarded a DSO for gallantry in the field. He had been 31 months at the front, had commanded with distinction three battalions and had been wounded four times. Several times he had been mentioned in military dispatches. He was first wounded in 1914 during the retreat from Mons (the retreat was from August 24th-September5th)..
In another wartime news item he is described as Lieutenant-Colonel E. Monteagle-BROWNE commanding the 9th Royal Munster Fusiliers, one of four brothers in the service. He is described as an Ardglass man and that the family subsequently lived at Knock.
The King of Montenegro also decorated him with the Order of Danilo. In peacetime he was known as "The Fighting Speaker". The men out in Flanders called him "The Fearless Leader of the Fighting Munsters". (Source: The Daily Sketch article, May 24th, 1917).
During WWII, Edgar Monteagle BROWNE lived 66 Elm Park Garden of SW 10.
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