National Physical Laboratory

World War 1World War I Heroes

These pages are a tribute to the employees of the National Physical Laboratory who served in the Great War of 1914-1918.

Many of the National Physical Laboratory's (NPL) employees were sent off for active service during the First World War. 2014 marked 100 years since Great Britain joined World War I and NPL is honouring their contribution by documenting the stories of its fallen heroes.

In July 2014, Culture Secretary Sajid Javid set out the national commemoration programme with the words:

A hundred years on, the sheer scale and sacrifice of the First World War demand remembrance."

40 NPL employees were sent to war in late 1914 and many others joined them over the course of the war. Those that left were told that their posts would remain open for them on their return as serving King and Country would count as a service to NPL. Some did manage to return to their posts, but the men commemorated on these pages were not so fortunate.

Harry Edward Barwood

'Guy' Crawley

Donald Ewen

Horace Head

Gilbert Henry Millar


NPL Memorial Teddington Memorial

The NPL War Memorial (left), and the Teddington War Memorial (right)

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