Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Brooklyn Gambo, Newfoundland and Labrador

Fair address: Central Regional Heritage Fair

Project: Samson Bixby: My Blue Puttee

Through research for my Heritage Fair project I discovered that I had a cousin who fought in World War One and that his daughter, still living, lives less than three hours away. Samson Bixby's story is a great story that Canada deserves to hear because a country's greatest asset is its people.

What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

Samson Bixby was a Blue Puttee and he survived Beaumont Hamel to live until 1972 with a bullet in his chest. Wow! Not only that, I discovered a branch of the Bixby family tree that I never knew existed. So interesting!

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

I learned that our history is rich and full of great thrilling stories, but if we do not encourage people to unearth the histories then some of the very best stories will remain untold and will therefore be forgotten.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

I am so thankful to Samson and all those that fought in battles years ago and to those that fight battles today. Peace is such a beautiful gift that we sometimes take for granted. I am more grateful for peace and freedoms since I learned about the sacrifices soldiers made and still make today. Life without peace and freedom would be tragic.

  • Kelly

    Wow!! It's like a professional documentary! Great job :)
    13/06/2017 7:18:34 PM

  • molly

    It's wonderful that you are keeping the memory of Samson and the Royal Newfoundland Regiment alive. Be proud!
    13/06/2017 3:45:13 PM

  • Loretta

    Awesome story Brooklyn. Love it ! Very well written.
    13/06/2017 10:18:14 AM

  • Maureen

    WOW! Awesome job, Brooklyn. I loved watching your video and hearing the story of Samson Bixby. His story is so interesting, and certainly deserves to be told.
    13/06/2017 9:25:51 AM

  • Shelley

    Such a fabulous story! Love it!
    13/06/2017 6:00:17 AM

  • Brian

    Awesome Job! Really Wnjoyed this !
    13/06/2017 5:25:23 AM

  • chris

    There are so many interesting stories with those young boys and men of the first 500 and this is another one. Enjoyed your video!
    12/06/2017 4:47:47 AM

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Project partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.
  • Canadian Heritage / Patrimoine Canadien
  • Government of Canada
  • HBC: Hudson's Bay Company
  • ecentricarts inc.