John Mcrae

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McCRAE: John

John McCrae
Born: 30 November 1872, Guelph, Canada
Died: 28 January 1918, Boulogne-sur-Mer, France


John was a physician, author and artist and is best known for poem In Flanders Fields. Flanders, near Ypres in Belgium is where some of the heaviest fighting took place during the Second Battle of Ypres and is where the Germans used deadly chlorine gas on the enemy. To this day, red poppies are found around the cemetery where the war dead are buried. His poem struck a chord with the general populace and the poppy was adopted as the flower of Remembrance. His premature death was due to meningitis and pneumonia. (He was also present at Isandlawana and wrote a poem with that title.)


“That day of battle in the dusty heat
We lay and heard the bullets swish and sing
Like scythes amid the over-ripened wheat,
And we the harvest of their garnering.” (The Unconquered Dead)

POETRY (Better known)

In Flanders Fields: In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below.