Henry Percival Qualtrough was born on the Isle of Man on June 6 1924. He joined the Royal Engineers and on his 20th birthday landed on Gold Beach on D-Day and cleared mines in the path of the Allied forces.
In 1958 he moved to Hong Kong as chief engineer. His work included personally taking charge of the disposal of three unexploded bombs for which he was appointed MBE (Military) in 1960.
Back home he was known as 'Grumpy' to his grandchildren because he was strict but so kind. His stepdaughter, Caroline, says “When I was first married I was desperate to have an Aga but couldn’t afford one. He said 'I will lend you the money and you can pay me back'. It was a lot of money but I paid him £100 per month. After a year he rang and said 'that'll do now girl'... I realised he just wanted to see my commitment and honesty.
These were the things that he stood for. The things that were important to him. He was that kind of man.”
The 'Henry Qualtrough' Bag
The 'Henry Qualtrough' bag is a based on an army dispatch rider's satchel. Each bag made from soft dark brown leather and lined with an original silk map in a limited edition of 50. For more information click on the photos below to be taken to our online shop.