Awards to Civilians from the Collection of John Tamplin

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Date of Auction: 19th September 2003

Sold for £360

Estimate: £350 - £400

The Looshai campaign medal awarded to Mr G. H. Cooke, Revenue Survey Department

India General Service 1854-95, 1 clasp, Looshai (G. H. Cooke, Revenue Survey Dept.) very fine and rare £350-400


Gordon Henry Cooke was employed in the Indian Civil Service for some 30 years. He joined the Survey of India Department on 6 December 1866, having previously been employed as a Signaller in the Signal Office of the Electric Telegraph Department at Lahore. In 1868 he was a 2nd Class Assistant Surveyor in the Revenue Survey at Hazareebough, and in May 1871 he was appointed an Assistant Superintendent. He took part in the Looshai Expeditionary Force from December 1871 to February 1872, one of only two officers of the Survey Department present with the expedition.

In 1875 Cooke was at Jounpore in the Allahabad Division; in 1876 at Nynee Tal in Kumaon; and in 1883 at Mussooree in the N.W. Province. He was promoted to Deputy Superintendent in October 1885, to Superintendent in January 1895, and retired in December 1896. Gordon Cooke subsequently returned to England and lived at Finchley, Middlesex, where he died on 14 December 1917. Sold with further research including a copy of the Survey Department medal roll.