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Harry Simmons

Full name: Henry Augustus "Harry" Simmons
Gender: Male
Born: February 21, 1911 in Southampton, Southampton, Great Britain
Died: March 23, 1944 in Hardwick, Northamptonshire, Great Britain
Affiliations: Southampton Athletic Club, Southampton (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Athletics


In April 1928 Harry Simmons represented Taunton School, Southampton in the Public Schools Championship at Stamford Bridge and won the high jump in a new record 5-10 1/2 (1.79) which was not bettered until after World War Two. Three months later he set a UK junior record of 6-1 (1.86) at the 1928 AAA Championships, finishing joint-third. Simmons competed in the Amsterdam Olympics later in the month while still aged only 17, and was the youngest member of the GB team. He qualified for the final but finished joint 11th. An Air Force officer, Simmons represented the RAF many times at the Inter-Services Championship and won the RAF title three times (1930, 1932, 1935). Simmons lost his life in a flying accident during World War II, when the Wellington bomber he was piloting four hours and ten minutes into an overland training exercise, suddenly stalled and nose-dived to the ground two miles from Sywell airfield in Northamptonshire. Wing-commander Simmons, the pilot, and five crewmen were killed on impact.

Personal Bests: HJ – 1.88 (6-2) (1932).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1928 Summer 17 Amsterdam Athletics Men's High Jump Great Britain GBR 11T

Men's High Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank H
1928 Summer 17 Amsterdam Athletics Great Britain Final Round 11T 1.84
1928 Summer 17 Amsterdam Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round 1T QU 1.83
1928 Summer 17 Amsterdam Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group C 1T 1.83
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