"Father Browne was the bravest man I ever met."Field Marshal the Earl Alexander of TunisFrancis Browne SJ is best known around the world for his remarkable Titanic photographs.
What is not so well known is that he served with great distinction as an army chaplain during the First World War.
Joining the British Army in 1916, he spent most of the war with the Irish Guards, ministering to the troops at the Somme, Messines Ridge, Paschendaele, Ypres, Amiens, and Arras.Determined to remain with the men in the thick of the action, Frank Browne was wounded five times, and was badly gassed.
As soon as he recovered from each injury he insisted on returning to the front line.
His commanding officer described Fr Browne as "the bravest man I ever met".
He was awarded the Military Cross with Bar, the Belgian Croix de Guerre (First Class), and the French Croix de Guerre (with Palm).
E E O'Donnell SJ has written a fascinating account of Father Browne's war experiences, brought vividly to life with extracts from his letters, and illustrated throughout with photographs taken by Father Browne during the Great War."a master photographer with an unerring eye" London Independent"the most important documentary historian of this century" The Irish Times