Sir Samuel James Browne was a cavalry officer in the British Indian Army. Browne commanded the Peshawar Field Force in the Second Anglo-Afghan War and his achievements included the capture of the fortress of Ali Masjid.
Browne had suffered an injury during the Indian Mutiny of 1857 resulting in his left arm being severed. Finding it difficult to control his sword with one hand, Browne came up with a new kind of belt which would hold the sword in the desired position. The belt was quickly adopted by other officers and became known as the Sam Browne Belt.