The Guinea Pig Club - Edward Bishop

Out of sight was often out of mind for a lot of servicemen wounded in the Second World War. Convalescing in military hospitals away from the delicate gazes of the general public, the sight of a badly burned airman would have been a horrible reminder for many that the war was a very real and terrible thing being played out for the highest stakes on their doorsteps.

However, anyone familiar with Richard Hillary’s classic The Last Enemy will be aware that badly burned airmen such as him became a familiar sight to residents who lived in the vicinity of like the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead.

We mention The Last Enemy because it was a (re)review from a week or so back and having been shot down and badly burned in The Battle of Britain, Hillary was one of the first members of The Guinea Pig Club.

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