Pilot Hight Road in West Howe named after World War Two Spitfire pilot Cecil Hight

Bournemouth Echo: TRIBUTE: PC Rob Hammond and one of the new road signs at Pilot Hight Road, West Howe, which now has the image of a Spitfire on it, to honour Battle of Britain pilot Cecil Hight, killed in action over Bournemouth TRIBUTE: PC Rob Hammond and one of the new road signs at Pilot Hight Road, West Howe, which now has the image of a Spitfire on it, to honour Battle of Britain pilot Cecil Hight, killed in action over Bournemouth

A COMMUNITY police officer has succeeded in his quest to mark the life of a World War Two Spitfire pilot.

Pilot Hight Road in West Howe was named after New Zealander Cecil Hight, who lost his life in a Battle of Britain dogfight over Bournemouth after his squadron was scrambled to intercept German bombers.

He is thought to be the only Allied airman killed over the town during the war and PC Rob Hammond came up with the idea of remembering him further by adding an image of a Spitfire to the road signs.

The new signs have now been installed and the cost – around £250 – was met by the council’s Local Improvement Fund. Aviation enthusiast Norman Rigler helped with the project, which was also supported by councillors Beryl Baxter and Ted Taylor.

PC Hammond said: “The timing’s good with the Remembrance period and I think it’s the very first one that’s been done in Bournemouth.

“It’s just the idea of people taking a pride and ownership in where they live.

“That should reduce minor criminality, so it’s another way of working with the community to cut down crime.”

Officer Hight’s Mark I Spitfire took fire from one of the German bombers’ rear guns and although he fell from his plane before it crashed at Leven Avenue, near Meyrick Park, his parachute did not open. It is thought that he was too seriously injured to pull the ripcord.

The pilot was buried at Bournemouth East Cemetery a few days later.

Officer Hight was killed on August 15, 1940, and the latest memorial comes in the year the country marked the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

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2:18pm Tue 16 Nov 10

saby21 says...

Im so glad they have done something to remember the pilot that crashed in our road, they fought for our country and should be reconised, well done.
Im so glad they have done something to remember the pilot that crashed in our road, they fought for our country and should be reconised, well done. saby21
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3:05pm Tue 16 Nov 10

carling4736 says...

Yeah .good stuff..

Brave men all heroes..
Yeah .good stuff.. Brave men all heroes.. carling4736
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3:55pm Tue 16 Nov 10

TheDistrict says...

Congratulations to PC Rob Hammond in succeeding in achieving this wonderful memorial to a brave man. My family living in Pilot Hight Road for 14 years, this news brings joy to us all.
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Many roads in this same area having the names of military people, perhaps similar ideas could be done to signage in those roads. Such as Montgomery Avenue, a Tank, Cunningham Crescent, an Admirals Flag. And so on.
Congratulations to PC Rob Hammond in succeeding in achieving this wonderful memorial to a brave man. My family living in Pilot Hight Road for 14 years, this news brings joy to us all. . Many roads in this same area having the names of military people, perhaps similar ideas could be done to signage in those roads. Such as Montgomery Avenue, a Tank, Cunningham Crescent, an Admirals Flag. And so on. TheDistrict
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9:47am Wed 17 Nov 10

peter hurt says...

My first girlfriend lived there..Just thought you might all like to know!
My first girlfriend lived there..Just thought you might all like to know! peter hurt
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12:49pm Wed 17 Nov 10

Richard45 says...

I understand there is another connection to the town, Group Captain Peter Townsend who also fought in the battle of Britain and went on to befirend Princess Margeret was brought up in Penn Hill
I understand there is another connection to the town, Group Captain Peter Townsend who also fought in the battle of Britain and went on to befirend Princess Margeret was brought up in Penn Hill Richard45
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6:10pm Wed 17 Nov 10

Puj says...

Congratulations to Rob Hammond on getting his idea put into action. A very fitting tribute to a brave pilot.
Let's hope it is not defaced by the 'mindless minority'.
Well done.
Congratulations to Rob Hammond on getting his idea put into action. A very fitting tribute to a brave pilot. Let's hope it is not defaced by the 'mindless minority'. Well done. Puj
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7:05pm Wed 17 Nov 10

Veryhappyincomer says...

TheDistrict wrote:
Congratulations to PC Rob Hammond in succeeding in achieving this wonderful memorial to a brave man. My family living in Pilot Hight Road for 14 years, this news brings joy to us all. . Many roads in this same area having the names of military people, perhaps similar ideas could be done to signage in those roads. Such as Montgomery Avenue, a Tank, Cunningham Crescent, an Admirals Flag. And so on.
Perhaps we could add a Victoria Cross and a George Cross to the road signs in Seagrim Road. An appropriate tribute to two Bournemouth brothers.
[quote][p][bold]TheDistrict[/bold] wrote: Congratulations to PC Rob Hammond in succeeding in achieving this wonderful memorial to a brave man. My family living in Pilot Hight Road for 14 years, this news brings joy to us all. . Many roads in this same area having the names of military people, perhaps similar ideas could be done to signage in those roads. Such as Montgomery Avenue, a Tank, Cunningham Crescent, an Admirals Flag. And so on.[/p][/quote]Perhaps we could add a Victoria Cross and a George Cross to the road signs in Seagrim Road. An appropriate tribute to two Bournemouth brothers. Veryhappyincomer
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