Tribute to HRH PRINCE PHILLIP  DUKE OF EDINBURGH 1921 -2021

HRH PRINCE PHILLIP  DUKE OF EDINBURGH 1921 -2021 As Secretary of the Guinea Pig Club, it is with great sadness on hearing the news of the passing of our late President HRH Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh. Since taken over as President in 1961, following the death of Sir Archibald

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Tribute to HRH PRINCE PHILLIP  DUKE OF EDINBURGH 1921 -2021

HRH PRINCE PHILLIP  DUKE OF EDINBURGH 1921 -2021 As Secretary of the Guinea Pig Club, it is with great sadness on hearing the news of the passing of our late President HRH Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh. Since taken over as President in 1961, following the death of Sir Archibald

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Tributes to the Guinea Pig Club

Tributes to the Guinea Pig Club As part of the Guinea Pig Club’s 80th Anniversary in 2021, Bob Marchant, the Secretary of the Club, looks at the many ways the Club is commemorated. As we are now entering the year 2021 , it will see the 80th Anniversary of the

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Dame Vera Lynn and the Guinea Pig Club

As we remember the life and work of Dame Vera Lynn, Guinea Pig Club Secretary Robert Marchant recalls her work with the Guinea Pigs: "From her first visit to the Queen Victoria Hospital in 1941, when visiting the burnt airman under the care of Archibald McIndoe and his team, Dame

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Mollie Lentaigne celebrates her 100th Birthday

Mollie Lock (nee Lentaigne) was a VAD Red Cross Nurse, who became a Medical Artist working with Sir Archibald McIndoe doing her time at the Queen Victoria Hospital during the war years. Mollie met McIndoe at a party where she was attempting to draw him. He was impressed by her

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McIndoe after the Second World War

Archibald McIndoe after the Second World War With the end of the Second World War in 1945,  Archibald McIndoe showed no interest in slowing down his heavy workload at the Queen Victoria Hospital. He was knighted in the honours list in June 1947 and that year’s annual dinner of the

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Sad news for the Guinea Pig Club

We are saddened to report the recent passing of both Flight Lieutenant Maurice Mounsdon, and Eric Pearce, who were both members of the Guinea Pig Club. Maurice served in the RAF during the Battle of Britain, receiving burns to his arms and legs after being forced to bail from his

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Commemoration Day

  Interested in Britain’s military history? Would you like to learn more about how East Grinstead was involved in the Great War and Second World War? Would you like to know more about Sir Archibald McIndoe and Guinea Pig Club? Then please come along and see our two commemorative exhibitions.

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John Hunter – Chief Anaesthetist – Key Member of McIndoe’s surgical team

McIndoe was supported by a very able operating team, Jill Mullins, Theatre Sister and John Hunter, Chief Anaesthetist. Like Jill Mullins, John Hunter was a key member of McIndoes team prior to 1939 and was brought by McIndoe to the Queen Victoria Hospital to be part of the “Firm of

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Eric celebrates his 100th Birthday

Born on 1st July 1919, Eric Pearce is one of only a few non-RAF personnel who became a member of the famous Guinea Pig Club. As a Lieutanant in the Fleet Air Arm, Eric was testing a newly delivered Air Sea Rescue Sea Otter plane at Lee on Solent, Hampshire. 

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