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Sir Henry Frederick Cooke (1819)
by Richard Dighton

Major General Sir Henry Frederick Cooke ('Kangkook') C.B., GCH (1784 - 1837), was a British soldier. His father was John George Cooke from Middlesex. He was the younger brother of Lieutenant-General Sir George Cooke, and of Edward Cooke R.N.;[1] and his sister Penelope Anne was married to Robert Brudenell, 6th Earl of Cardigan.

Cooke served as a Staff Officer during the Peninsular War between 1809 and 1812, being promoted from Captain to Lieut-Colonel in the Coldstream Guards. He acted as Assistant Adjutant General to Sir Charles Stewart. After being aide-de-camp to the Duke of York from 1814 until 1827, he became his private secretary.

Cooke represented Orford in Parliament between 1826 and 1832 and was described as the ugliest man in the British army. His residence was at 50 Charles Street, Berkeley Square and he was married to Katherine Windham, daughter of Admiral Windham of Felbrigg. [2]

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  1. Tracy, Nicholas. "Cooke, Edward". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. Digital object identifier:10.1093/ref:odnb/6158.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. http://www.historyhome.co.uk/people/cooke.htm

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