John Howson

How John Howson set up the Poppy Factory after the First World War.

In 1922, Major George Howson, who had received the Military Cross for his role in the First World War, founded the Disabled Society to provide employment for disabled WW1 soldiers.

He set up a factory off the Old Kent Road in London where five disabled ex-Servicemen began making poppies. Three years later the Poppy Factory moved to its current site in Richmond, Surrey and in expanded to also produce wreaths.

Today the Poppy Factory produces millions of poppies each year and celebrates the fact that the vision of its founder remains relevant, viable and vibrant for the modern age.

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