An “unsung hero” who helped save hundreds of children destined for Nazi concentration camps is to be honoured with a statue in his hometown.
Trevor Chadwick, dubbed the “Purbeck Schindler”, helped Sir Nicholas Winton rescue 669 children from Czechoslovakia ahead of World War Two.
The Trevor Chadwick Memorial Trust is raising £80,000 for a statue to be placed in Swanage, Dorset.
His cousin, Annie Bridger, said his family was “very proud” of his efforts.
John Corben, chair of the Trevor Chadwick Memorial Trust, said: “There is a bronze statue of Sir Nicholas Winton on Prague Railway Station and we feel it would be appropriate to erect a similar memorial to Trevor in his hometown, to remember an unsung hero who made such a difference to so many lives.”
Mrs Bridger, 67, from Swanage, whose father was Mr Chadwick’s cousin – making him her second cousin – said they spent time together in her late teens when her family holidayed in Oslo, Norway, where he spent most of his life with his wife Sigrid.
“He had TB [tuberculosis] and went there to recuperate – the fresh air there helped him to recover,” she said. “He relapsed every time he tried to return.”
He worked at academic publisher Oslo University Press, having previously been a school teacher.
Mrs Bridger recalled his “wonderful wit” and described the plan for a statue in his memory as “a wonderful thing”. I only discovered in the last few years what he had done and I was bowled over,” she added.
“The family are very, very proud of him”.
When Sir Nicholas Winton was knighted in March 2003 he had insisted Mr Chadwick, who stayed in Prague to organise the evacuations, had been the real hero. “He had to deal with the authorities, putting his life in great danger,” said Mr Corben.
Story (adapted) and photo from BBC