About us
This is me, Graham Hooke, along with my wife, Ruth. I am the creator of this website about my family ancestry. It has been a growing labour of love since 2014 and every few weeks its tentacles reach ever deeper as I delve into more archive boxes or as new information comes to light from readers who email me.
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Sir William Farren CB MBE FRS & Lady Mildred Farren (Hooke) OBE
Sir William and Lady Mildred are perhaps the most notable 20th century members of my family ancestry and the articles here provide the most comprehensive biography available of one of the pioneers of flight and an unsung hero of WW2. Sir William married my Great Aunt Mildred who, in her own right, as a Headmistress, earned an OBE in the very first Honours List of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.
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Sir Ralph and Lady Rosa Oakden
My Granny, Elaine Hooke, nee Oakden, was the preserver of our family archives and it is largely due to her that this website exists. Her parents, Ralph & Rosa Oakden, moved to India in 1900 where Ralph served as a “Collector” responsible for the administration of a state under British rule, services for which he was knighted. There are many more articles to come about their life and service of the Indian people in the tumultuous years leading to India’s independence.
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My mother, Valerie's father, Benjamin Buck, was a seaman who was rarely at home. After her mother Elizabeth died of pneumonia when she was aged ten Valerie was taken in by her Aunt and Uncle – the Elliotts – who I knew as my grandparents.
Bucks and Elliotts
If you knew, or are related to any of the people described on this site, or you are just interested in finding out more, or you have additional contributions to make, please feel free to make contact with me, Graham Hooke, at Use the contact form or just send an email to and it will reach me. If I haven’t replied within a couple of days please just resend in case it got lost in cyberspace – I am usually able to make speedy responses. If you wish to use any photos or information from the site I would appreciate you contacting me first. In most cases I am very happy to oblige.
Graham Hooke