Warrant No 2436, Joined 27/07/1874 age 21, Height 5ft 7¾, Occupation Groom, Born Bishops Cleeve, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.
Promoted Sergeant 1st May 1883.
Promoted Inspector 1st October 1890.
Promoted 2nd Class Superintendent 1893.
Promoted 1st Class Superintendent 1st October 1899.
Promoted Chief Superintendent 14th April 1919. He was the first to hold this rank which was introduced after the First World War.
According to The Echo on Monday 29th July 1946 he was the brother of Superintendent Alfred Cooke. They were part of a family of ten and all five brothers became policemen while two of their sisters married policemen.
From the Commendation and Default book.
1875 5th June Neglect of duty and not seeking assistance in getting a horse the property of Mr Wortly Bedford out of a ditch. The horse having subsequently died from injuries inflicted upon itself at Marshfield.
Constable Cooke has been guilty of gross neglect of duty. He ought to have known that one of the principal duties of the police is to protect property.
I believe however in this case that the Constable erred more from stupidity than wilful negligence and considering that this the first report against him I will not punish him.
Constable Cooke is to be sent to Shirehampton on Saturday 19th June to do duty until further orders. He will be replaced by Constable Millwater from Cheltenham. 15th June 1875 Henry Christian.
11th March 1876 Stopping a navvy who gave the name of Charles Webb searching him, and finding in his possession a stolen fowl the property of Mr John Thurston. Webb was subsequently committed for one months imprisonment with hard labour.
A very creditable case which will be duly noted. Constable Cooke is promoted to the 4th class from March 1st 1876. 17th March 1876 Henry Christian.
31st October 1888
Detecting James Brown selling intoxicating liquor without a licence, at Berkeley, for which he was fined £10.
A creditable case to be noted. 3rd November 1888 Henry Christian.
Awarded the Police Coronation Medal. Medals were presented on 17th August 1912 by Lord Ducie The Lord Lieutenant. The Coronation Medal was awarded to officers who were serving on 26th June 1911, 1 in every 20 men in the force were selected for their long and meritorious service.
Pensioned 31st May 1922.