Watch the video of the unveiling of the Guinea Pig memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum by the Duke of Edinburgh as featured on the BBC 6 o’clock News.
When Flying Officer Desmond O’Connell’s bomber plane was sent on a mission to sink the Bismarck in 1941 only to crash into a hill in flames, the 21-year-old was so badly burned his colleagues contacted his mother to make arrangements for his funeral. An observer in the back of the
The Duke of Edinburgh encountered a troublesome Union Flag that refused to budge today as he unveiled a memorial in honour of an inspirational band of badly burned Second World War airmen. A handful of the surviving members of the once 649-strong Guinea Pig Club, now in their eighties and
The Duke of Edinburgh has unveiled a memorial to veterans who underwent pioneering surgery after suffering disfiguring injuries in World War Two. Dr Sandy Saunders, a 93-year-old veteran who organised the memorial to the Guinea Pig Club, said it was a “fantastic” tribute. Dr Saunders, badly burned in a plane
In his latest article looking at places and buildings remembered by the Guinea Pig Club Bob Marchant, Museum Trustee and Secretary of the Club, looks at Dutton Homestall. Dutton Homestall, which later became known as Stoke Brunswick School, in Ashurst Wood is another place remembered by some of the Guinea
Our latest exhibition, Townscape, features works of art by local group, Example, and takes its inspiration from objects on display in the museum. Burrows was drawn to the Museum’s collection of surgical instruments acquired from Queen Victoria Hospital, some of which were used and modified during World War II by
Our latest exhibition, Townscape, features works of art by local group, Example, and takes its inspiration from objects on display in the museum. Hannah Buckley was drawn to a collection of drawings by Red Cross nurse Mollie Lentaigne. Lentaigne worked at the Queen Victoria Hospital as a medical artist for
Our latest exhibition, Townscape, features works of art by local group, Example, and takes its inspiration from objects on display in the museum. Susan Dodds chose as her object a beautiful and intricately wrought silver trophy. Made in India, the trophy is decorated with foliage scrolls and four hunting scenes