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Sir Archibald Hector McIndoe (1900-1960), Plastic surgeon

Sitter in 4 portraits
Born in New Zealand, he came to London in 1930 and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (1932). In 1939 as consultant to the RAF, McIndoe organised the Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, for the rehabilitation of injured airmen and air-raid casualties: his skill in remodelling burnt faces and limbs was renowned. McIndoe was Vice-President of the Royal College of Surgeons (1948-60), and a founder of the British Association of Plastic Surgeons. Richard Hillary recalled 'behind his horn-rimmed spectacles a pair of tired, friendly eyes regarded me speculatively'.