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Harry O'Hara Tray

A tray made by blind veterans during WWII and embellished by Japanese Fighter Pilot Harry O'Hara

A tray made by blind veterans during WWII and embellished by Japanese Fighter Pilot Harry O'Hara

This tray is an item made by blind veterans during WWII and it has been embellished by a Japanese Fighter Pilot who worked with us during the 1930s and 1940s.

Harry was in India working as a correpsondent for a Japanese newspaper when WWI broke out. He joined the Gurkas before being transferred to the Middlesex regiment. He served in the Royal Flying Corps, becoming a pilot. A serious injury ended his flying career and he then found work decorating products made by vision impaired ex-Service men and women. 

Working as a laquer artist, Harry decorated items made by blind veterans of WWI, many of whom had been trained in carpentry at our centre in Regents' Park. The items were sold at our shop in Kentish Town or through catalogues. 

 

Items Being Painted By Harry O'Hara

In the image above, Harry is painting items at an exhibition of the works of war-wounded veterans in Kensington. The tray he is seen to be decorating was later bought by the late Queen Mother.