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Fri 7 August 2020
Maj. (Dr.) John McCraeJohn McCrae was born in Guelph, Ontario in 1872. He attended the Guelph Collegiate and Vocational Institute and went on to study medicine at the University of Toronto.

Whilst in Toronto, he also rose through the ranks of the Queen's Own Rifles and later served in the artillery in the Boer War.

On his return, he taught as a professor of pathology in Vermont and Montreal, but was then called back to the Canadian artillery by the outbreak of World War I. He served as a surgeon for the 1st Field Artillery Brigade during the second Battle of Ypres in 1915.

After spending 17 days treating harrowing wounds on the front line and inspired by the death of his close friend and student Lieut. Alexis Helmer of Ottawa, McCrae wrote the poem In Flanders Fields, considered to be the single best-known poem of the war.

Maj. (Dr.) John McCrae died of pneumonia while on active duty in 1918.

Two Canadian schools, The John McCrae Senior Public School, Ontario and The John Mcrae Secondary School, Ottawa, are both named in his memory.

John McCrae's Poems
The Hope of My Heart (1894)
A Song of Comfort (1894)
The Shadow of the Cross (1894)
Unsolved (1895)
Eventide (1895)
Then and Now (1896)
Penance (1896)
Recompense (1896)
Slumber Songs (1897)
Mine Host (1897)
Anarchy (1897)
In Due Season (1897)
The Song of the Derelict (1898)
Equality (1898)
The Harvest of the Sea (1898)
Disarmament (1899)
The Dying of Pere Pierre (1904)
Upon Watts' Picture "Sic Transit" (1904)
The Pilgrims (1905)
The Unconquered Dead (1906)
The Warrior (1907)
The Oldest Drama (1907)
Quebec (1908)
Isandlwana (1910)
The Captain (1913)
The Dead Master (1913)
The Night Cometh (1913)
In Flanders Fields (1915)
The Anxious Dead (1917)

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