Douglas Cooke

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Sir James Douglas Cooke, FRCS (1879 – 13 July 1949) was a Conservative politician from England. He served as the British Conservative politician for Hammersmith South In 1931, he became a member of Parliament, where he remained until 1945.[1] He was knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in 1945.[2][3]

Personal background[edit]

James Douglas Cooke was born in 1879 in Melbourne, Australia, the eldest son of John Cooke, a pastoralist who had lived in New Zealand.[4] In 1907, Cooke married Elsie Muriel. Together, they had one son and three daughters.[1] Elsie was the daughter of General James Burston and the sister of Major General Samuel Burston of Melbourne. Cooke lived in London until his death in 1949.

Professional background[edit]

Cooke was educated at Melbourne University, where he qualified in medicine and surgery, receiving his Bachelor of Medicine in 1901, and Bachelor of Surgery a year later.[1][4]

After immigrating to England, he joined the Royal College of Physicians in London in 1903, became a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons on 12 Nov 1903, and a Fellow on 1 June 1905.[4] He served in the First World War in the Royal Army Medical Corps.[1] He also ran a medical practice in Stanmore, Middlesex.


  1. ^ a b c d "Sir Douglas Cooke", The Times, (London), Thursday, 14 July 1949, page 7, Issue 51433
  2. ^ British Medical Journal, Volume 1945 1:S129 Supplement 2118, published 30 June 1945
  3. ^ Supplement to the London Gazette, 14 June 1945, page 2934
  4. ^ a b c Brown, G. H.; and Munk, William. (1930) 171 Lives of the Fellows of the Royal College of Physicians of London, 1826-1925, Publisher: The College, pp 637