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of Richmond and Ashtead, Surrey, Whitehead was an aircraft maker and planned a car
1888 Born but it seems likely the name Alexander was not registered at his birth.
1901 Eliza Whitehead 38, lived in Oldham with John Whitehead 12, who was a worker connected with cotton (indistinct) and Frank Whitehead 2</ref>
1911 A John Whitehead married Eleanor Ethel Richards (b.1888) in Oldham (they had a daughter, Edna May Whitehead in 1917 which fits with the 1939 register so maybe this is the same person)
In his youth, John Alexander Whitehead worked for the Aircraft Manufacturing Co (Airco) at Hendon.
Later, he emigrated but when WW1 commenced he returned to the UK
Using funds from his mother, Whitehead bought the old Richmond Drill Hall for his first premises. After building an initial batch of small B.E.2bs, he quickly secured a large contract to build Maurice Farman trainers.
He acquired Hanworth Park which became the site of Hanworth Aerodrome
1917 John Alexander Whitehead of Grena Road, Richmond, was chairman of Whitehead Aircraft Ltd when it was reconstructed as Whitehead Aircraft (1917) Ltd
1920 of Feltham and Richmond when he was made bankrupt
1921 The company announced plans to produce 100,000 cars per annum.
1939 John Whitehead (b.1888) a mechanic, engine fitter at Gas Works, lived at Grena Road, Richmond, with Eleanor E Whitehead (b.1888), Edna Whitehead
1950 John Whitehead died in Richmond, Surrey