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Dr David HooperChemist
Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by): Dr David Hooper
Date and Place of Birth: 1st May 1858 Reigate, Surrey
Date and Place of Death: 31st January 1947 Bromley, Kent
Parents: Ebenezar and Emma Mary (nee Williams) Hooper
Parent’s occupations: Farmer
Schools / universities attended and years of attendance: N/K
Occupation: Research Chemist and Botanist in Indian Civil Service
Place of residence at Gretna: B 7 Eastriggs
Job title at Gretna: Chemist at Dornock
Marital status: Hannah Carr Evans 19th January 1887 India
Children: Elsie Rhoda (b.1889), Marjorie Emma (b.1891), David Ernest (b.1894 d.1915 KIA), Gwynaeth Mary (b.1896), Roger Mardon (b.1905) All born in India.
Awards/recognitions: LL. D, Ph.C., F.R.I.C.
Trivia / any other information:
In 1881, David is a Pharmaceutical Chemist in Camberwell. Sometime after this he travels to India and joins the Civil Service. He meets and marries Hannah Carr Evans in 1887 in India.
Their children Elsie, Marjorie, David Ernest and Gwyneth are all born in Ootacamund (now Udhagamandalam), India, between 1889 and 1896.
On the 1901 the family (without David) are in Ilfracombe living with Hannah’s family. Roger is born in Calcutta in 1905. In 1911 the family, again without David, are living in Weston-super-Mare. Tragically, David Ernest is killed in action in France in 1915.
David works at HM Gretna during the war and is remembered on the Dornock Souvenir. His forwarding address on the Dornock Souvenir was 11 Longton Grove Road, Weston Super Mare.
In 1921 the family are living at Bristol Road, Weston-super-Mare and David is Secretary of the Weston YMCA. In 1939 he is recorded as a Retired Indian Civil Servant and is living in Wimscombe, Somerset.
Over many years, David held posts with, or represented, the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum, Bio-Chemical Department at Bristol University, Curator of the Economics and Art sections of the Indian Museum in Calcutta, Quinologist to the Madras Government, economic botanist to the Botanical Survey of India, President of the British Pharmaceutical Conference (1916).
Books published (Title, year of publication, publisher):
“Pharmacographia Indica” (collaborator) 1893
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