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Maurice Ashdown Newnham

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February 1935.

Group Captain Maurice Ashdown Newnham (1897-1974) of Newnhams was a World War I flying ace credited with 18 aerial victories.

1897 Born in Kensington the son of Alfred Newnham, a Cycle Manufacturer, and his wife Harriet Agnes Hammond

Between the wars, he was involved with the Triumph motorcycle and automobile company. As early as 1933, he stocked them in his automotive sales center. He was appointed to head it in 1936 as managing director and chief executive. He sold off the motorcycle division and turned the company from producing sports cars to building nondescript family sedans. This policy put the company in serious financial straits, as the sedan market was overcrowded. The Bombing of Coventry destroyed the motorcycle plant and damaged the automobile factory seriously enough to shut down production.

1943 Married in Westminster to Ann Zaphine Finch-Hatton

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