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McIndoe Memorial Statue

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High Street, East Grinstead

East Grinstead has honoured the work of Sir Archibald with the installation of a statue to him in front of Sackville College in the Historic High Street. The Statue created by the sculptor Martin Jennings was unveiled by The Princess Royal in 2014.

Sir Archibald McIndoe, a surgeon at the forefront of early plastic surgery, worked at the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead where he developed pioneering techniques to rebuild the terribly disfigured faces and hands of badly burned airman during WW2.

He realised that these men were damaged, not only physically, but psychologically too and he encouraged the nurses and residents of the town to socialize with the young airman and to welcome them into their homes during their recuperation.

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