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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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Crewman of an M-3 tank, war poster, photo, wwi, wwii
Crewman of an M-3 tank


Church Army Hut Day, war poster, photo, wwi, wwii
Church Army Hut Day


A Chance Shot, war poster, photo, wwi, wwii
A Chance Shot


Emprunt 4%, war poster, photo, wwi, wwii
Emprunt 4%


Red Cross, war poster, photo, wwi, wwii
Red Cross


Official War Films, war poster, photo, wwi, wwii
Official War Films


Men of the Empire, war poster, photo, wwi, wwii
Men of the Empire