The return of T/5 John B. Whitehead, killed in India.


Wilson Daily Times, 26 May 1948.

Wilson Daily Times, 27 May 1948.

Nearly four years after his death in India while serving in the United States Army, the remains of Tec 5 John Baptist Whitehead were returned to his family for burial. 


In the 1920 census of Stantonsburg township, Wilson County: John Whitehead, 37; wife Nellie, 36; and children E.K., 16, William H., 13; Anna V.O., 7; Anna Nula, 5; J.B., 4; and “grate-uncle” Josh, 19.

In the 1930 census of Wilson township, Wilson County: on Highway 91, [no first name given] Whitehead, 47, express laborer; wife Ella, 45; and children Ella V., 17, Nora, 16, John, 14, and William, 24, carpenter on public building. All were born in Georgia except Ella, who was born in North Carolina. 

In the 1940 census of Wilson township, Wilson County: widow Nellie Whitehead, 56; son J.B., 24, truck driver for a contractor; daughter Anna Hagans, 27, tobacco company stemmer; son-in-law Henry Hagans, 32, town garbage remover; and daughter Elnora Whitehead, 26.

John Baptist Whitehead registered for the World War II draft in 1940 in Wilson County. Per his registration card, he was born 25 December 1915 in Chester, Georgia; lived at Route 4, Box 39, Wilson; his contact was mother Nellie Whitehead; and he worked for Imperial Tobacco Company, Barnes Street.

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