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Samuel Whitehead - Royal Flying Corps
2 photos of Samuel Whitehead 1 photo of RFC pin
My father Samuel Whitehead was born in West Yorkshire on 19th August, 1897 and therefore presumably entered the Royal Flying Corps towards the end of the War. I'm not sure when it became the RAF. He may have 'blagged' his way into the RFC(??) - but the pictures are definitely of my father. I'm afraid I dont have much information as I am over 71 years now and none of his generation are now alive. I was born in the Blitz in London and although we came to Ireland for holidays during the WW2, we didnt come to live in Kildare Town until the late 40s when my father founded Irish Textile Leathers in Rathangan, Co. Kildare; it folded in the late 50s and my parents started travelling again. Thomas Whitehead & Son (Tanners) had been involved in the trade in West Yorkshire for about 300 years and I guess the progeny had spread quite widely. They became prosperous during the Industrial Revolution in the UK as the leather was used in the Textile Mills. I have quite a number of memories of the tannery in Rathangan. The only other information I have about my father's military service is that he was Mentioned in Dispatches in WW2 when he was not in the Services as he was required in Industry in London (Barrow, Hepburn & Gale, Tanners). Apparently he had come across an un-exploded bomb and alerted the authorities.