3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines
James was born on 20th May 1951.
He died when a sudden squall swept away his inflatable boat in Port Stanley harbour on 11th July 1982, after the cessation of the conflict.
Personal information courtesy of www.roll-of-honour.com
Corporal James Browning HQ3 Commando Bde RM was reported missing presumed drowned after the cessation of hostilities on the Falkland Islands, when caught in a sudden squall whilst in a dinghy off Port Stanley. He had previously served in 45 Commando Workshops. Source: Commando veterans’ archive.
There is another version: On 11 July 1982, tasked with transferring troops by gemini craft from MV Baltic to HMS Arrow for a liaison function. The sea was calm to start but on the return the weather closed in and during the ensuring very heavy storm James was washed overboard.
His body was never recovered, he was listed as missing in action until 1983 and then formally listed as killed in action although it was after cessation of hostilities. There is also a record that suggests that he may have gone missing on the 9 July 1982.
By Andrew Lockett
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In 2022, as part of the 40th Anniversary commemorations, geographical features were identified and named after the fallen of 1982. BROWNING BAY is a small bay north of Ajax Bay in San Carlos Waters, East Falkland.
It is in position
51° 32′ 10.44″ S, 059° 05′ 07.88″ W