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James Peter Whitehead

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James Peter Whitehead (1859-1932)

son of P. O. Whitehead

1861 Living at Holly House, Lower Boots, Lancs: Peter O. Whitehead (age 26 born Whalley, Lancs), Cotton Spinner and Manufacturer. With his wife Helen Whitehead (age 28 born Halifax) and their two children Louisa E. Whitehead (age 2 born Whalley, Lancs) and James P. Whitehead (age 1 born Whalley, Lancs). One Lodger. One servant.[1]

Presumably one of the directors of Royce Ltd. in 1899


1932 Obituary [2]

JAMES PETER WHITEHEAD served his apprenticeship in the private workshop and drawing office of his father, Mr. P. O. Whitehead, M.I.Mech.E., consulting engineer, of Manchester, and gained experience in the design and equipment of textile factories.

From 1879 to 1881 he was engaged as draughtsman and assistant superintendent in the chemical works of Messrs. James Muspratt and Sons of Widnes.

He later became assistant and subsequently chief draughtsman in the engineering, boiler-making, and bridge-building works of the late firm of Messrs. W. Bland and Sons of Bury, Lancs.

In 1884 Mr. Whitehead entered the chief office of Messrs. John M. Sumner and Company, engineers and machinery exporters of Manchester, for whom he held the position of machinery buyer and manager.

In 1904 he established the firm of Messrs. Whitehead, Sumner, Harker and Company at Manchester, but retired from this firm in 1916 to take up an appointment as purchasing agent for Messrs. Rolls-Royce at their Derby works, and remained with them until his retirement in 1931 through ill-health.

He had been an Associate Member of the Institution since 1899.

He was born in Lancashire in 1859, and his death occurred on 24th May 1932.


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