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Fr Francis M Browne SJ (1880-1960) was an Irish Jesuit chaplain who served in the First World War. Known as the photographer of the 'Titanic', the Cork-born Jesuit was ordained in 1915 and in 1916 went as chaplain to the Irish Guards in France and Flanders and later to the 9th Battalion of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers. Fr Browne wrote to his Provincial, Fr Thomas V Nolan SJ (1867-1941), during his time as a chaplain (1916-1919), giving him news about his work, health and religious endeavours.
Fr Browne was the most decorated Catholic chaplain in the First World War, earning the Military Cross with two bars, the Belgian Croix de Guerre and the French Croix de Guerre (with Palm).
Fr Browne wrote to his Provincial, Fr Thomas V Nolan SJ (1867-1941), during his time as a chaplain giving him news about his work, health and religious endeavours.
In this letter Browne is telling his superior about his duties and everyday activities as a chaplain. He includes the remarks of a 'companion' who notes the differentiating treatment between the priests and himself. Browne goes on to describe a horrible sight when one of the observation balloons began to sail towards German lines and the two occupants were forced to jump out.