James Cooke-Collis

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James Cooke-Collis
Born 7 May 1876
Castle Cooke, Kilworth, Co. Cork, Ireland
Died 14 April 1941 (aged 64)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Major-General
Commands held 11th Infantry Brigade
55th (West Lancashire) Infantry Division
Northern Ireland District
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Order
Relations Lt.-Col. William Cooke-Collis

Major-General Sir (William) James Norman Cooke-Collis KBE CB CMG DSO (7 May 1876 – 14 April 1941) was General Officer Commanding Northern Ireland District.

Military career[edit]

Cooke-Collis was born on 7 May 1876 in Castle Cooke, Kilworth, Co. Cork to Lt.-Col. William Cooke-Collis and Catherine Maria Cooke-Collis (née Oliphant) and was educated at Cheltenham College. He was commissioned into the King's Royal Rifle Corps transferring to the Royal Ulster Rifles in 1900.[1] He served in the Second Boer War as well as World War I.[2]

After the War he was appointed Military Governor at Batoum in Transcaucasia.[2] He became Commander of 11th Infantry Brigade in 1927 and Commander of 55th (West Lancashire) Infantry Division in 1934.[2] He was appointed General Officer Commanding Northern Ireland District in 1935.[2] He was responsible for ensuring that the Royal Ulster Rifles had its depot in Ballymena, its own recruiting ground, rather than in Belfast.[3] He was invested as a Knight Commander, Order of the British Empire in 1937.[4] He retired in 1938[2] and died on 14 April 1941, aged 64.


He married Cléonice Gamble, daughter of Major George Francis Gamble on 30 January 1906.[4][5]


  1. ^ "No. 27168". The London Gazette. 23 February 1900. p. 1259.
  2. ^ a b c d e Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  3. ^ Graves, Charles. The Royal Ulster Rifles Volume III, Published by the Royal Ulster Rifles Regimental Committee, 1950
  4. ^ a b Hugh Montgomery-Massingberd, editor, Burke's Irish Family Records (London, U.K.: Burkes Peerage Ltd, 1976), page 260
  5. ^ The Peerage.com
Military offices
Preceded by
Eric Girdwood
General Officer Commanding the British Army in Northern Ireland
Succeeded by
Robert Pollok