Today Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, who is President of the Guinea Pig Club, will unveil a commemorative tablet to the Club at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.
The Guinea Pig Club was founded 75 years ago, mostly by RAF aircrew who survived fiery crashes during WWII. The club was set up in honour of the experimental treatments of pioneering plastic surgeon, Sir Archibald McIndoe.
Old Decanian, Wing Commander Geoffrey Page, DSO, OBE, DFC and Bar (Brook, 1937) was shot shown in WWII and suffered severe burns to his face and head. He was treated by Sir Archibald McIndoe. Page became one of the founding Members of the Guinea Pig Club and its first Chairman. In retirement, Geoffrey founded the Battle of Britain Trust. It raised over £1 million and funded the Battle of Britain memorial that overlooks the Straits of Dover near Hawkinge, Kent. Which was opened by Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.At Page’s funeral in August 2000, Air Chief Marshal Sir Christopher Foxlee-Norris declared: ‘Even by the Battle of Britain standards he was the bravest of the brave’.