Lieutenant ColonelMcCRAE, JOHN

Died 28/01/1918

Aged 45

Canadian Army Medical Corps

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.

Buried at WIMEREUX COMMUNAL CEMETERY

Location: Pas de Calais, France
Number of casualties: 3038

Cemetery/memorial reference: IV. H. 3.

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This collection of documents was assembled by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and its predecessors as part of the processes involved in the commemoration of individuals. As a result, they contain many corrections and alterations which reflect their use as working documents. For further information concerning the history of the collection, please see our About Our Records page.
Please be advised that some of the documents, especially the burial returns and exhumation reports, may contain information which some people may find distressing. The original archive records and their digital copies remain the property of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, but are available for re-use for private and non-commercial purposes.