Thomas Cooke (British Army officer)

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Thomas Arthur Cooke (1841–1912) was a British General whose career spanned the 19th and 20th centuries. He was gazetted into the 5th Regiment of Foot in 1862[1] before transferring to the 17th Lancers in 1866.[2] From here he rose steadily[3] and was mentioned in dispatches during the Anglo Zulu War.[4] He assumed command of the regiment in 1886[5] and subsequently served in India (where he was awarded the Kaisar-i-hind medal for public service as President of the Plague Committee[6]). In time this led to investiture into the Royal Victorian Order [7] and promotion to the rank of Major General.[8] He was buried at Kensal Cemetery in a ceremony attended by many of his former comrades.[9]


  1. ^ "Hart's Annual Army List, Militia List, and Imperial Yeomanry List"-Thomas Arthur Cooke
  2. ^ “The 17th/21st Lancers” ffrench Blake,R.l.V: London, Hamish Hamilton, 1968 ISBN 0107599161
  3. ^ The Times, Friday, 28 April 1882; pg. 4; Issue 30493; col C From The London Gazette, Tuesday, 25 April. Thomas Arthur Cooke 17th Lancers Major to Lt Colonel
  4. ^ "The Field Guide to the Anglo-Zulu War" Laband,J./Thompson,P.(1999 Scottsville University of Natal Press) ISBN 0869809512
  5. ^ The Times, Wednesday, 19 May 1886; pg. 13; Issue 31763; col C From The London Gazette, Tuesday, 18 May. Lord Chamberlain's Office, St. James's Palace, 10 May Official Appointments and Notices
  6. ^ The Times, Wednesday, 23 May 1900; pg. 10; Issue 36149; col A Birthday Honours
  7. ^ The Times, Saturday, 23 August 1902; pg. 4; Issue 36854; col E To be Commander The Royal Victorian Order
  8. ^ ffrench Blake(Ibid)
  9. ^ The Times, Saturday, 18 May 1912; pg. 11; Issue 39902; col B
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Drury Drury-Lowe
Colonel of the 17th (Duke of Cambridge's Own) Lancers
Succeeded by
Sir Douglas Haig