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John Alexander McCrae

Born: 1872 AD
Died: 1918 AD
Nationality: Canadian
Categories: Physicians, Poets, Soldier

1872 – Born in Guelph, Ontario on the 30th of November.

1894 – While attending the university he joined the Zeta Psi Fraternity.

         – He then studied medicine on a scholarship at the University of Toronto.

1910 – He accompanied Lord Grey, the Governor General of Canada, on a canoe trip to Hudson Bay.

1915 – He was appointed as a field surgeon in the Canadian artillery and was in charge of a field hospital during the Second Battle of Ypres.

         – McCrae’s friend and former student, Lt. Alexis Helmer, was killed in the battle, and his burial inspired the poem, In Flanders Fields, which was written on the 3rd of May.

         – On the 1st of June, he was ordered away from the artillery to set up No. 3 Canadian General Hospital at Dannes-Camiers near Boulogne. C.L.C.

1918 – On the 28th of January,  while still commanding No 3 Canadian General Hospital at Boulogne, McCrae caught pneumonia and meningitis and died.