Michael A. Cooke (h 1939-43) was born in Madras, India the oldest son of George H. Cooke who was in the Indian Civil Service. He was Head of house at Westcott and captained both the rugger 1st XV and the hockey 1st XI, for which he was asked to become a pilgrim, before joining the Grenadier Gurads, in June 1943.
After seeing action in France and Germany and being mentioned in dispatches, he spent 2 years in Berlin as part of the peace-keeping force, before being “demobbed” with the rank of Captain, in the autumn of 1947.
He joined Shell in Bombay at the end of 1947, arriving on the day Gandhi was assasinated. He spent the next 27 years with various Shell and Burmah Oil entities in Bombay, Karachi, Rawlpindi, Lahore, Dacca and Chittagong, except for 2 years in Peru in 1969 and 1970, before being made head of Burmah-Shell’s interests in the Indian sub-continent. In this capacity he worked from the London office and latterly Swindon office of Burmah Oil, now part of BP.
He retired to Shrivenham, Wilts in 1984, where he spent the rest of his life involved with the local church, NADFAS, Golf Club and various other local societies. He died on Januray 25th, 2010 from complications from a stroke he suffered at the end of November, 2009.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Margaret, nee Baldwin and 3 sons, George (h 1966-70), James, Jonathan (h 1973-77) and daughter Jenny.
His funeral and memorial service took place on February 11th, 2010 at St Andrews Church, Shrivenham.
This doesnt really do him justice…or mention the fact that he was bombed in 1940, while in class, ..and many other memorable incidents.
By his son George Cooke