Say Not “Good-Night”

Headstone inscription Minty Farm Cemetery.

Headstone inscription, Minty Farm Cemetery.

But in Some Brighter Clime

He was a soldier, unknown to me, but through my wanderings across Flanders I stumble upon his place. He is there with his fellow soldiers… who knew not what the day would bring. But this day, this time, this place, I stop a while and think upon his life and wonder who he was to others….We will remember them.

Bid Me “Good Morning”

Sergeant J. Gibbs, Royal Army Medical Corps. Minty Farm Cemetery.

Sergeant J. Gibbs, Royal Army Medical Corps. Minty Farm Cemetery Belgium.

About The Author

Paul has worked with the Paradigm Motion Picture Company since 2009 as producer, historian and research specialist. Paul first met Casey and Ian WIlliams of Paradigm in April 2007 at Ieper (Ypres), Belgium when ceremonies were being held for the re-dedication of the Vimy Memorial, France. Paul's sensitivity to film was developed at an early age seeing his first films at RCAF Zweibrucken, Germany and in Sardinia. Paul returned to Canada in 1967 and was further amazed by David Lean's "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Bridge on the River Kwai". Film captivated Paul and with time he became increasingly interested in storytelling, content development, character, direction, cinematography and soundtracks. At the University of Victoria, Paul studied and compared Japanese and Australian film and became interested in Australian film maker Peter Weir and his film "Gallipoli" (1981). Paul was entranced when he learned Weir had visited the beaches, ridges and ravines of the peninsula. The film "Gallipoli" alone led Paul on many journeys to sites of conflict in England, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Malta, Hawaii and Gallipoli. It was, however, when Paul watched documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, "The Civil War", that Paul understood how his own experience and insight could be effective and perhaps influential in film-making. Combining his knowledge of Museums and Archives, exhibitions and idea strategies with his film interests would be a natural progression. Paul thinks like a film-maker. His passion for history and storytelling brings to Paradigm an eye (and ear) to the keen and sensitive interests of; content development, the understanding of successful and relational use of collections, imagery and voice. Like Paul's favorite actor, Peter O'Toole, he believes in the adage “To deepen not broaden.” While on this path Paul always remembers his grandmother whose father did not return from the Great War and how his loss shaped her life and how her experience continues to guide him.


3 Responses to “Say Not “Good-Night””

  1. pferguson says:

    Son of Thomas and Maria Gibbs, of Burton-on-Trent; husband of Madeline Elizabeth Gibbs, of 199, Uxbridge St., Burton-on-Trent.

  2. pferguson says:

    P. Ferguson images, September 2016.

  3. pferguson says:

    The headstone inscription is from the poem entitled “Life” by Anna Laetitia Barbauld (1743-1825).

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