Gerald Cooke papers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Officer's Record of Services army book (1914-1918); Commission (1916); Central Bombing School Instructor's Report and Certificate; Mentioned in Despatches Certificate (1919); pocket note book (? 1914); 2 mounted portrait photographs (ca. 1915); newspaper cuttings (nd); Typed transcript of an interview recorded with Peter Liddle in December 1976; photocopied catalogue of the Cooke papers held by the Imperial War Museum, London (nd); part of medal pin.

Administrative / Biographical History

Gerald Hallam Cooke, born in 1889, enlisted with the Indian Army Reserve of Officers and went to East Africa as a volunteer Maxim gunner (Bombay Maxim Gun Company) in September 1914. He was given a Commission in October 1915 and posted to the 130th Baluchis, but seconded as Special Staff Officer to the 2nd Kashmiri Imperial Service Infantry. He served during the advance into German East Africa to the Rufiji River, returned to India in 1917, and was sent to Palestine in June 1918.

Conditions Governing Access

Access is unrestricted.

Acquisition Information

The papers were placed in the Collection by Mr Cooke in 1976. See General Correspondence File.

Note

In English.

Other Finding Aids

East Africa catalogue; Museum Section index http://www.leeds.ac.uk/library/spcoll/liddle/index.htm

Alternative Form Available

Microfilmed.

Related Material

Tape 413: interview recorded with Peter Liddle in 1976. See also Museum Section: EA 1-4, 6-14. The diaries and letters of G.H. Cooke are held by the Imperial War Museum, London.

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