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John McCrae

(30 November 1872 – 28 January 1918 / Guelph, Ontario)

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Lieutenant Colonel John Alexander McCrae was a Canadian poet, physician, author, artist and soldier during World War I and a surgeon during the Second Battle of Ypres, in Belgium.

He is best known for writing the famous war memorial poem "In Flanders Fields".

Biography

McCrae was born in McCrae House in Guelph, Ontario to Lieutenant-Colonel David McCrae and Janet Simpson Eckford; he was the grandson of Scottish immigrants. He attended the Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute and became a member of the Guelph militia regiment. The background of his family is military.

McCrae worked on his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Toronto in ... more »

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  • ''We are the Dead. Short days ago
    We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie
    In Flanders fields.''
    John McCrae (1872-1918), Canadian soldier. In Flanders Fields (l. 6-9). . . New Oxford Book of Canadian Verse in English, The. Margaret Atwood, co...
  • ''In Flanders fields the poppies blow
    Between the crosses, row on row,''
    John McCrae (1872-1918), Canadian soldier. In Flanders Fields (l. 1-2). . . New Oxford Book of Canadian Verse in English, The. Margaret Atwood, co...
  • ''If ye break faith with us who die
    We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
    In Flanders fields.''
    John McCrae (1872-1918), Canadian soldier. In Flanders Fields (l. 13-15). . . New Oxford Book of Canadian Verse in English, The. Margaret Atwood, ...
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  • Breggles Schanuzer (1/29/2014 11:29:00 AM)

    i learnt this poem in school after we learned about WWI

  • Borgjie Distura (11/8/2011 6:33:00 PM)

    It touched my heart I love it.Once I heard this poem I almost cried its so good. He's a ARTIST

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