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McCRAE, JOHN

Rank:
Lieutenant Colonel
Date of Death:
28/01/1918
Age:
45
Regiment/Service:
Canadian Army Medical Corps
Grave Reference:
IV. H. 3.
Cemetery:
WIMEREUX COMMUNAL CEMETERY
Additional Information:
Son of Col. David McCrae and Janet Simpson Eckford McCrae, of Guelph, Ontario. John McCrae was a Canadian doctor who started to write verse at McGill University. He went to Europe in 1914 as a gunner, but transferred to the Medical Service. His poem 'In Flanders Fields' first appeared in Punch during December 1915 and became the most famous poem of the War. It was written during the second Battle of Ypres. In January 1918 McCrae was appointed consultant to all the British Armies in France but he died of pneumonia before he could take up the post. A book of his poems was published in 1919. McCrae also wrote a book on pathology.

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WIMEREUX COMMUNAL CEMETERY

Country:
France
Locality:
Pas de Calais

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