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Hooper, Willoughby Wallace, 1837-1912, Colonel

Gender: Male
Active Dates: 1837 - 1912
Active Area: Asia (continent)
India (nation)
Myanmar (nation)
Karnataka (state)
Sagar (inhabited place)
Andhra Pradesh (state)
Bellary (inhabited place)
Likenesses: None found.
Photographs: None known to be held within the collection
Publications: Hooper, W.W. (? 1887), 'Burmah: a series of one hundred photographs...'. London.
Hooper, W.W. (1887), 'Lantern Readings illustrative of the Burmah Expeditionary Force and manners and customs of the Burmese'. London; Derby [printed] : J. A. Lugard. [Pamphlet to accompany a set of lantern slides].
Hooper, W.W. (1887), 'Lantern reading : Tiger shooting in India', London : J. A. Lugard. [Pamphlet to accompany a set of lantern slides].
Related Entries: None found.
Willoughby Wallace Hooper was the son of Thomas and Maria Hooper of St John's Grove, North Brixton. He was baptized at St Mark's Church, Kennington on May 19th 1837. He was educated at Thomas Whitehead's, Ramsgate. From November 1853 to 1858 he was a Writer in the Secretary's Department, East India House. In 1858 he was commissioned into the 7th Madras Light Cavalry. He was made Lieutenant in 1859, Captain in April 1870, Major in 1878, Lieutenant Colonel in 1884 and given the army rank of Colonel in 1888. He retired in 1896.

Hooper was stationed at Kamptee 1858-61. He was transferred for service with the 4th Cavalry, Saugor and Secunderabad 1862-1866. He was serving at Bellary in 1872. He was Provost Marshall on the Burma Expeditionary Force from November 1885 to 1886.

Hooper photographed people of different ethnic origins, hunting scenes, Anglo-Indian life. He worked in collaboration with George Western in the 1860s. He contributed to 'The People of India' (1868-75). Hooper photographed victims of the Madras Famine 1876-78 and published a volume of 100 photographs of the 3rd Burmese War 1885-86 while he was serving as Provost Marshall. In 1886 he was subject to a court of enquiry relating to the extortion of evidence and photographing of dacoits about to be executed.

Hooper died unmarried at Kilmington, near Axminster on April 21st 1912.
Sources: Cadet papers: IOR/L/MIL/9/244 ff.630-637.
Falconer, John (?), 'Willoughby Wallace Hooper: a craze about photography', 'The Photographic Collector'.
Geary, Grattan (1886), 'Burma after the conquest : viewed in its political, social and commercial aspects from Mandalay'. London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington.
Transcript of Court of Inquiry proceedings in IOR/L/MIL/3/960.

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