Edith and Randal

Edith Constance Knapman and Randal Borthwick Browne

Pte Randall B Browne
Pte Randall B Browne

Randal Borthwick Browne was born in 1890 and lived in Kaitoke, Wellington, New Zealand, his next of kin being shown as Boris Temple Browne of Eskdale Creamery, Upper Hut, Wellington.

He enlisted in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Main Body, Otago Infantry Battalion as a Private, and embarked for Gallipoli in October 1914.

Randal was wounded in May 1915, and again in the thigh in September 1915. He was evacuated to Malta on the Hospital Ship Andonia, and from there came to England on the Carisbrooke Castle. He was admitted to Mount Felix in April 1916.

At some point he was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant. His brothers, Eric and Oscar, also served in WW1, both in the 1st Reserves. Borthwick was their father’s Christian name. It seems they were all involved with the Creamery.

Randal Borthwick Browne died in 1954 at the age of 64.

Edith Knapman
Edith Knapman

Edith Constance Knapman, who lived in Hersham, served as a VAD at Mount Felix where she met and married Randal Borthwick Browne. After their return to New Zealand they had four children, Randal Jnr, Betty, Colin and Thomas. A four children served in WW2.