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Papers of Frank Basil Canning-Cooke


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Papers relating to the Northern Rhodesia Chamber of Mines, African advancement and the Royal Rhodesia Regiment.


  • 1950-1956


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Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Afr. s. 2256].
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MSS. Afr. s. 2256

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 1102

Biographical / Historical

Frank Basil Canning-Cooke was born in Glamorgan in 1906 and educated at Shrewsbury School. In 1924 he was commissioned into the Royal Field Artillery (Territorial Army) as Second Lieutenant, 83rd Brigade, and served as a Trooper in the Rangoon Light Horses (1929-1930), the South Provinces Mounted Rifles (1931-1934), and the Calcutta Light Horses (1935-1936), all as part of the auxiliary force in India. From 1936-1939 Canning-Cooke served as a Lieutenant, Territorial Army Reserve of Officers, Royal Artillery, and in 1939 was appointed Lieutenant in the 138th Field Regiment Royal Artillery. He attained the rank of Major (1941), Lieutenant Colonel (1943), Lieutenant Colonel in the Northern Rhodesian Territorial Force (1955), and was appointed an Honorary Colonel in the Royal Rhodesia Regiment (1960) and the Zambia Rifles (1964).


The collection has been arranged according to Canning-Cooke's military career and his later involvement in the Northern Rhodesia Chamber of Mines.

Other Finding Aids

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated on the 30 January 1995.
Papers of Frank Basil Canning-Cooke
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom