Statue for WWII surgeon

The son of a serviceman who was badly burned during World War II, is to sculpt a statue of the plastic surgeon who pioneered surgery to help injured WWII service personnel, including the sculptor's own father.

Statue tribute to WWII military burns plastic surgeon

by Penny Silvester

For many years no-one knew how to treat burns victims left badly scarred by fire. Then during the Second World War a surgeon in Sussex pioneered plastic surgery to help repair damaged faces and limbs. The ground breaking work of Sir Archibald McIndoe is to be remembered in a new statue.

The sculptor tasked with capturing the surgeon's likeness will bring his own personal insight to the project. His father was one of Sir Archibald patients, and the commission came about purely by chance. Penny Silvester reports.