Barnes Neville Wallis (1887-1979) is remembered as the aeronautical engineer who invented the water-skipping mine that was used by No. 617 Squadron RAF to break the Möhne and Eder Dams on the night of 16/17 May 1943.
Celebrating our heritage
Hillingdon Council's Blue Plaque scheme was launched in February 2008 as part of the council's aim to celebrate and remember people of national or local importance who have resided in Hillingdon.
The council is interested to hear about other former residents who may qualify for a commemorative plaque. If you wish to nominate someone for consideration the individual must:
- have been born or resided in the borough
- be considered eminent by their own profession or calling
- have made an important positive contribution to human welfare or happiness
- be recognizable to the well informed passer-by.
Applications should be sent to the: projects and events team.
Plaques and locations
Sir Barnes Neville Wallis
Chris Finnegan MBE (1944-2009) was born in Uxbridge and grew up in Cowley Road.
Michael John Stears
Michael John Stears (1934-1999) was born in Uxbridge and grew up in Hoylake Crescent, Ickenham. Michael was known as 'the Dean of Special Effects'
Cecil Kinross VC
Cecil Kinross (1896-1957) was a First World War hero who was awarded a Victoria Cross for exceptional bravery.
Robert Ryder VC
Robert Edward Ryder (1895-1978) was just 20 years old when he was awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery in the face of adversity during the First World War.
Sir Alexander Fleming
Sir Alexander Fleming (1881-1955) was a leading biologist, pharmacologist and Nobel Prize winner for the discovery of penicillin.
Sir Douglas Bader CBE, DSO, DFC
Douglas Bader (1910-1982) was a gifted British fighter pilot who overcame a double leg amputation to continue flying during the Second World War.
William Wilberforce (1759-1833) was a leading campaigner in Parliament for the abolition of slavery.