Doncaster Baronet dies after long illness

Sir David Cooke in 1999.
Sir David Cooke in 1999.

A Doncaster baronet and a member of the nobility has died at the age of 82 after a long illness.

Colonel Sir David William Perceval Cooke, 12th Baronet, died in Edinburgh at the weekend and his funeral will take place next month.

Sir David stems from the Cooke family, who helped to establish much of the village of Arksey as well as making a number of other contributions to the Doncaster area.

The family home was once Wheatley Hall, now demolished, from which Wheatley Hall Road takes its name.

With no male heirs, the title of baronet will die with him – after 12 baronets.

Sir David was educated at Wellington College, Berkshire and at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, Berkshire.

He was commissioned in 1955, in the service of the 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards, transferring to the Royal Army Service Corps in 1958.

He succeeded to the title of 12th Baronet Cooke, of Wheatley Hall, on July 5, 1978.

He was awarded the Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977 and he graduated from the Open University in 1983.

He gained the rank of Colonel in 1984 and retired from the military in 1990.

In retirement he was registered as an Associate Member of the Institute of Traffic Administration and was also registered as an Associate of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

He was also invested as a Fellow of the British Institute of Management and as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Transport.

The Cooke family’s origins in Doncaster can be traced to the 15th century. The family were landowners, swallowing up huge parts of Doncaster in the 17th century.

Their former country home, Wheatley Hall, was demolished in 1938, with Parklands Sports and Social Club and grounds now occupying the site.

The funeral service will take place at All Saints Church, Arksey, on June 1 at noon. No flowers by request but, if desired, donations may be made to Erskine –