Statue of 'Purbeck Schindler Trevor Chadwick seen for first time

Trevor Chadwick, known as the 'Purbeck Schindler', played an instrumental role in helping Sir Nicholas Winton rescue 669 Jewish children from Czechoslovakia in the months before the outbreak of World War Two.

Sir Nicholas always took pains to highlight Chadwick's contribution to his work, noting that he faced greater personal risk by staying in the country even after it was fully occupied by the Nazis.

The teacher's involvement in Czechoslovakia began when he visited Prague in January 1939 to sponsor two child refugees to house at his family's prep school in Swanage.

Paying tribute to Chadwick - pictured with a refugee - Sir Nicholas said: 'Chadwick did the more difficult and dangerous work after the Nazis invaded... he deserves all praise'

Paying tribute to Chadwick - pictured with a refugee - Sir Nicholas said: 'Chadwick did the more difficult and dangerous work after the Nazis invaded... he deserves all praise' 

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The father of a third child also approached him and begged for his help. 

Chadwick was able to rescue her too and she became the poet Gerda Mayer, who has been praised by former Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy.

While in Prague he met Sir Nicholas, who had visited the city on the advice of a friend, as well as Doreen Warriner, a representative of the British Committee for Refugees from Czechoslovakia.

He agreed to organise the Prague end of the banker's evacuation operation if he could get the British government permission to bring unaccompanied children to the UK.

By this point the Nazis had already seized part of Czechoslovakia, prompting an influx of Jewish refugees into the capital, where they lived in crowded, unsanitary camps.

With time running out, Sir Nicholas drew up a list of names of children to be rescued, and tasked his mother back in England with getting the Home Office to organise permits for their entry.

Chadwick worked with Sir Nicholas Winton (pictured in an undated image with one of the children he rescued) after they met in Prague

Chadwick worked with Sir Nicholas Winton (pictured in an undated image with one of the children he rescued) after they

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