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Cecil Henry Hight

Portrait, C.H.Hight - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait, C.H.Hight - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Cecil Henry AWMM
  • Surname
    Hight AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    NZ41924 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    6 September 1917 AWMM StratfordTaranaki AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mrs E.H. Hight, Kohuratai, Taranaki, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW2 Mother: Mrs. E. Hight, East Road, Stratford AWMM
    • WW2 Mother: Mrs. E. Hight of Stratford AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    • Civil Flying School (Ansty) AWMM
    • RAF, Uxbridge AWMM
    • 6 FTS, Little Rissington AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
    Pilot/Military RNZAF Biographies (R17845611)
  • Enlistment
    WW2 16 January 1939 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
    Car Salesman/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM
    Killed on air operations AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Cecil Hight was the son of Herbert Edward Hight and of Emma Hight (nee Anderson) of Stratford, Taranaki.

    Educated at Marco School and Stratford Technical High School.

    In 1937 began flying with the Western Federated Aero Club, obtaining his 'A' License in August. Later that year Hight worked his passage to England and was accepted on his second application after taking a course in mathematics.

    Hight's funeral took place at Christchurch, Hampshire on the 19th. His coffin was draped with the NZ flag, which had been presented by Christchurch, NZ. The cortege was led by an escort of pilots from 234, some of whom had taken part in the battle in which he was killed. At the close of the service three volleys were fired, followed by a salute from his fellow officers.

    A plaque of wings, made in his memory by the pupils of Stratford High School, is in Bournemouth Cathedral and was unveiled by Mr Jordan, the New Zealand High Commissioner. He is also remembered by having Pilot Hight Road in Bournemouth named after him.('A Clasp for the few' by K.G. Wynn)

    Portrait in Wynn, K. (1981). The Battle of Britain: 10 July- 31 October 1940, also appears in The Bournemouth Daily Echo 8 April 1943.

    Attended Stratford Technical High School (Source: RNZAF Biographies (R17845611)) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    15 August 1940 AWMM
    Age 22 AWMM
    BournemouthEngland AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Bournemouth East Cemetery, Hampshire, England AWMM Row S.1 Grave 144 AWMM
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  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Memorial street name: Pilot Hight Road, Bournemouth, England AWMM
    • Memorial Stone on the site of his crash in Leven Avenue, Bournemouth. United Kingdom. Public - David John - Self - 2 April 2018 - Self.

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  • On 15th August 2020, the 80th anniversary of Cecil's death, The Poole & Christchurch (Dorset) branches of the Royal Air Forces Association and the Bournemouth, Poole & District Branch, Royal Tank Regiment Association, came together to pay tribute to Cecil at his grave. Both organisations laid a wreath and the Standards (Flags) of both were lowered in salute as the last post was played. The Royal Tank Regiment has no link to Cecil but wanted to pay their respects and salute one of the Immortal "Few"
    Public - Antony George - 27 December 2020
  • Cecil Hight is my Great Uncle on my mother’s side. He was my granddad’s brother. My grandparents were Bill and Kitty Hight. My mother is Colleen Robson (nee Hight)
    My children and husband and I have been fortunate enough in the last couple of years, to visit Bournemouth and the memorials to Uncle Cecil, including the street named after him, his grave and the stone near where he crashed his plane.
    It is very moving to know what he did to reduce the risk of injuring or killing others by steering his plane away from houses and instead crashed near a park. Even though we never knew him he has touched our family very much, especially my eldest son who is currently having a series of tattoos to cover his arm that remember his Great Great Uncle.
    He is remembered every year in Bournemouth with a tribute to him at his grave. We wish we had been there this year on the 80th anniversary.
    Public - Margaret Anne( known as Anne) - Other relative - 24 November 2020
  • I am a resident of Bournemouth in the UK where Cecil Hight died, and in the 75th Anniversary year of the Battle of Britain I thought it appropriate to do my own personal tribute to Cecil in the form of a series of relevant and linked photographs on the Geograph website. These may be viewed here: (cut and paste the link) The above link will take you to the first photo of the series. At the end of each photo description is a link to the next photo.
    Public - Michael Richard - Researcher - 25 September 2015
  • Cecil Hight's mother Emma was my grandmother's sister. What a brave young man he was. Pilot Hight Road in Bournemouth was named after Cecil, and there was a time when those signs were covered in graffiti. A local policeman, PC Rob Hammond, took it upon himself to educate the local youth on the meaning behind the signs, and he was also instrumental in the signs having an image of a spitfire added to them. I emailed with PC Hammond a couple of years ago when I managed to track him down and thank him, as I thought what he had done was amazing. He said that the signs were no longer tagged. Here is the wiki link regarding Cecil:
    Public - Kristine - Other Relative - 27 July 2015



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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
15 January 2021AntonyPoole, UKOther
27 December 2020Antony GeorgePoole, UKOther
24 November 2020Margaret Anne( known as Anne)Waitara NZOther relative
09 June 2020Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher
02 April 2018David John Bournemouth. United Kingdom. Self

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