Robert Radcliffe Cooke

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Commander Robert Radcliffe Cooke, R.N., Retired (7 March, 1883 – 22 August, 1924) served in the Royal Navy. He became an expert in wireless telegraphy, and worked for the Marconi company.

Life & Career

Born in Yorkshire, Hereford, the son of barrister and Member of Parliament Charles W. R. Cooke.

Cooke entered the Royal Navy with the January, 1897 intake term at H.M.S. Britannia, passing in 6th in order of merit with 1520 marks in the competitive entrance examinations.[1]

Cooke gained eight months' time on passing out of Britannia.

Cooke was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 7 March, 1903.

After a bout of tuberculosis, Cooke was placed on the Retired List as unfit on 7 December, 1909. On 5 September, 1910, he was informed that there was no objection to his taking up an appointment under Marconi's Wireless Telegraph. He was welcome to travel abroad, provided he inform the Admiralty of his address.

Cooke was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 7 March, 1911.

Cooke was promoted to the rank of Acting Commander on 6 February, 1916.

Cooke was promoted to the rank of Commander (retired) on 11 November, 1918 in recognition of war service.

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Captain of H.M.S. A 4
3 Mar, 1904[2] – 15 Mar, 1905
Succeeded by
Martin E. Nasmith


  1. Hampshire Telegraph and Naval Chronicle (Portsmouth, England), 6 Feb 1897, p. 8.
  2. Barrow Submariners Association - The Perishers