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Humphrey Cook

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Humphrey Wyndham Cook

1893 Born Chelsea, son of Wyndham Francis Cook (d.1905) and Frederica Evelyn Stilwell Cook[1]; grandson of Francis Cook, merchant of Richmond

1901 Living in the Chelsea house of Francis L. Barrett, his grandfather; also living there were 2 younger siblings[2]

1913 Married Gwendoline Gorton[3]

1916 Joined Royal Flying Corps[4]

1917 Discharged from RFC due to sickness[5]

1926 Married Gillian Hedderly[6]

1929 Competed in the Le Mans race with L. G. Callingham in a Bentley[7]

1934 Financed the establishment of English Racing Automobiles (ERA), which was led by Raymond Mays

1939 Humphrey Cook withdrew his sponsorship of ERA[8] having opposed the plans of Mays and Berthon to establish Automobile Developments Ltd.

1941 Married Annie Moffett[9]

1946 Still controlled ERA; proposed to make a modified version of the last cars produced before the war in his new workshops at Dunstable[10]

1978 Died

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. BMD
  2. 1901 census
  3. BMD
  4. Enlistment papers
  5. Medal Rolls Index
  6. BMD
  7. The Times, Feb 11, 1960
  8. The Times, May 10, 1939
  9. BMD
  10. The Times, Jun 14, 1946
  • The Times, Oct 26, 1978