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Private M. Morrison, 2nd Battalion Seaforth Highlanders. Son of John Morrison of Cross, Ness, Stornoway. Age 20.

Private M. Morrison, 2nd Battalion Seaforth Highlanders. Son of John Morrison of Cross, Ness, Stornoway. Killed April 25, 1915, age 20.

This Valentine’s Day…at the going down of the sun….

There it stood, at the base of one Scottish soldier’s tablet…here at Seaforth Cemetery, Cheddar Villa.

I am reminded of this image…this day…for its simplicity…its connection to a gravesite without mention of those who brought it here. Though it speaks to one it speaks to many.

Did you know?

Saint Valentine of Rome was imprisoned for performing marriages of soldiers who were forbidden to marry.

Imagery associated with Valentine’s Day includes winged cupids, heart shapes and doves. In context of the Great War angels…love and peace….remember them well.

Private Morrison graveside at Seaforth Cemetery Cheddar Villa.

The marker at Private Morrison’s place of rest.


About The Author

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In April 2007 Paul met Casey and Ian Williams of the Paradigm Motion Picture Company in Ieper (Ypres), Belgium when ceremonies were being held for the re-dedication of the Vimy Memorial, France. Paul has worked with Paradigm since 2009 as Producer and Historian. Paul's sensitivity to film was developed at an early age seeing his first films at RCAF Zweibrucken, Germany and Sardinia. Paul returned to Canada in 1967 and was amazed by films such as David Lean's "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Bridge on the River Kwai". Film captivated Paul and 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 he became interested in Australian film maker Peter Weir and his film "Gallipoli" (1981). Paul was entranced when he discovered Weir had visited the beaches, ridges and ravines of the peninsula. The film "Gallipoli" alone led Paul on his 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 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 the 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.

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