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  1. Coldharbour says

    The date given for this film clip is incorrect.

    It is the same sequence as film I.D 1884.14 which is dated 1917.

    Mr J. A. Whitehead, director of the Whitehead Aircraft Co., which built aeroplanes in Richmond and at Hanworth near Feltham during WW1, is shown here addressing the crowd on the slipway next to the White Cross Hotel in Richmond. He is the man without the hat just to the right of Commander Wheatley of the Richmond Boys Naval Brigade, who is in uniform, with his back to the camera. The man dabbling his cane in the water may be Mr J. Ward, the Whitehead Aircraft works manager.

  2. whiteheadaircraft says

    I can corroborate this. we have photos of this event as my husband is a direct descendant of J.A. Whitehead

  3. Coldharbour says

    circa. June 1917 - two boats presented to the Richmond Boys Naval Brigade by J. A. Whitehead.

    The \'Helene Whitehead\' was a gig, and the \'Rodney Whitehead,\' a whaler.

    Together with the \'Beatrice Amsden\' (which had been presented in October 1916 by Mrs E. B. Amsden, Hon. Sec. of the Richmond chapter of the Navy League), they made up a fleet of three.

    A fourth vessel - the \'Keith Whitehead\' - built as a whaler, using timber supplied by Whitehead Aircraft, was dedicated in August 1917.

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