Cecil Eustace Rooke

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Commander Cecil Eustace Rooke, R.N. (15 May, 1872 – 11 October, 1909) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Rooke was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 31 December, 1893.

On 1 February, 1894, Rooke was appointed to the gunboat Rattler on the China Station. He was loaned to command the first-class torpedo boat T.B. 20 in May for night torpedo attack exercises conducted near Hong Kong. She acted as a guard boat in the port defence scenario.[1]

Rooke was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1906.

On 8 January, 1907, Rooke was invalided and sent to London with debility, being due 26 January.

Rooke was admitted to Haslar Hospital on 27 February, 1908. He was certified a "dangerous lunatic" and placed on the Retired List as unfit on 28 February, 1908. He was admitted to Yarmouth Hospital on 6 March.

Rooke died of "general paralysis of the insane" on 11 October, 1909.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Captain of H.M. T.B. 20
May, 1894[2] – mid 1894
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Charles G. May
Captain of H.M.S. Medina
12 Aug, 1897 – Sep, 1897
Succeeded by
Henry K. Gregson
Preceded by
John M. Stokes
Captain of H.M.S. Trent
16 Jul, 1901[3]
Succeeded by
Arthur S. Robinson
Preceded by
Henry G. E. Lane
Captain of H.M.S. Recruit
16 Jan, 1902[4] – 5 Jun, 1902
Succeeded by
Rowland H. Bather
Preceded by
William N. England
Captain of H.M.S. Harrier
7 Jan, 1905 – 4 Feb, 1905
Succeeded by
Walter C. Chaytor
Preceded by
Edward F. B. Charlton
Captain of H.M.S. Halcyon
16 Feb, 1905[5] – 5 Mar, 1906
Succeeded by
Anthony F. Gurney
Preceded by
Samuel Helen
Captain of H.M.S. Seagull
Jun, 1906 – 14 Jul, 1906
Succeeded by
Humphrey H. Smith


  1. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1894. p. 196.
  2. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1894. p. 196.
  3. "The Naval Manoeuvres." The Times (London, England), Thursday, July 11, 1901, Issue 36504, p.8.
  4. The Navy List. (May, 1902). p. 297a.
  5. The Monthly Navy List. (December, 1905). p. 322.