Born at Fornham St Martin, Suffolk; Browning entered the navy via the training ship Britannia
in 1876 and began his career as midshipman in the Invincible
, Mediterranean station; after being promoted sub-lieutenant in 1882, he attended the Excellent
gunnery school at Portsmouth until 1884; Browning was made lieutenant in 1885 and commander in 1897; following his promotion to captain in 1902, he joined the North America and West Indies station, as flag captain in the Ariadne
; he took command of the Britannia
in 1909 and became inspector of target practice; during the war Browning was commander-in-chief of the North America and West Indies station and was promoted vice-admiral in 1917; following the armistice of 1918, he became president of the allied naval armistice commission and visited the German naval ports to ensure that the terms were duly carried out; he was promoted admiral in 1919 and became commander-in-chief at Devonport for three years in 1920; Browning was appointed first and principal naval aide-de-camp to the king
in 1925 and placed on the retired list in 1926; before finally retiring in June 1945, in 1939 he became vice-admiral of the United Kingdom; he died in Winchester, Hampshire, in November 1947.