2 months ago
I said goodbye to a friend today.
The last time I saw Vic, we’d shared a can of Boddingtons in the sun on board his boat on the Thames, and talked about WW2.
His memory was incredible, and his war stories always self-deprecating and funny. Like the time his diary took a bullet that should have gone through his skull.
But he had the ability to floor you, when he’d recall a moment of utter terror and misery in the jungles of #Burma, and roundly condemn anyone who talked about glory in war.
Leaving us at 94, he lived a long and happy life. The church was packed to the rafters with friends and family, and tears were flowing. As Frank Sinatra played at the end, you couldn’t deny this was a man who lived life on his own terms and to the fullest.
I’ll never forget him stealing the show at our Forgotten Allies dinner last year while being interviewed by @levison.wood. He was a true pro in the spotlight when talking about the war, the @bbc called him “One Take Knibb”. The day I got the message telling me he’d passed away was the same day I’d planned to call him to fix a time to visit. I’d wanted to show him a cut of the film he’d kindly appeared in.
I’ll never get the chance to show him now, but all of us at @grammarproductions can feel happy and proud that Forgotten Allies will be a tribute to you, Vic.
You’ll be badly missed. I’ll raise a Boddingtons to you tonight sir.
#WW2 #veteran #burmastar #history #lestweforget at Hampton Court Palace