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Lieutenant Colonel John Alexander McCrae, MD (1872 – 1918)


wwi war poemsjohn mccrae war poem collectionLieutenant Colonel John Alexander McCrae was a Canadian, poet, physician, author artist and soldier during the First World War, most noted for his poem "In Flander's Fields". Please select a war poem below (printable versions also available), or search by keyword and/or poet.


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john mccrae, in flanders fields war poet, poemLieutenant Colonel John Alexander McCrae was a Canadian, poet, physician, author artist and soldier during the First World War, most noted for his poem “In Flander’s Fields”.

Born in Guelph, Ontario, McCrae studied at the Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute and later went on to study medicine on a scholarship at the University of Toronto.

John McCrae had previously served in the artillery division during the Second Boer War. With Canada being part of the British Empire, when war with Germany was declared, McCrae was appointed as Field Surgeon in the Canadian Artillery division, and took charge of a field hospital during the Second Battle of Ypres, 1915.

The famous poem, In Flanders Fields, was inspired by the loss of a friend and former student – Lt. Alexis Helmer, whom was killed in battle. In 1918 McCrae himself died, having caught pneumonia and meningitis.

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Liberty Bond, war poster, photo, wwi, wwii
Liberty Bond


War Loan, war poster, photo, wwi, wwii
War Loan


Women of Britain, war poster, photo, wwi, wwii
Women of Britain


Ferdinand Foch, war poster, photo, wwi, wwii
Ferdinand Foch


War Loan, war poster, photo, wwi, wwii
War Loan


Kaiser Spider, war poster, photo, wwi, wwii
Kaiser Spider


British Trench, war poster, photo, wwi, wwii
British Trench