Village Hall Meeting: The Guinea Pig Club

The Guinea Pig Club

Speaker: Jonathan Parrett

Wednesday 14th February 2024; 7:30 pm

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Woodcote Village Hall, Reading Road, Woodcote, RG8 0QY

The Guinea Pig Club

Jonathan Parrett
The Guinea Pig Club was a unique organisation of 649 injured World War Two aircrew, all of whom had unexpectedly survived serious burns casualty.  They owed their lives to a maverick surgeon, Sir Archibald McIndoe who pioneered both surgical treatment and a unique concern with holistic care of the patients at his hospital. Both survival, recovery and remarkable long lives were secured at the hospital, allowing many of the patients to return to service until the end of the war.  The Guinea Pig Club provided a model for the best kind of long term casualty care of the weapon wounded of war, and has significantly influenced casualty provision for today’s cohort.
About the speaker – Jonathan Parrett
Jonathan is the curator of the East Grinstead Museum
Details to follow
Guinea Pig Nurses
Battle of Britain
RAF FIGHTER COMMAND 1940 (HU 104484) Pilot Officer Albert G Lewis of No. 85 Squadron grabs his flying helmet from the tailplane of his Hurricane, P2923 VQ-R, as a member of the ground crew warms up the engine prior to a sortie, Castle Camps, July 1940. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source:
Sir Archibald McIndoe

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