Lt Col John McCrae

  • Military Rank: Lieutenant-colonel
  • Military Rank: Major of the 1st Brigade Canadian Field Artillery
  • Canadian

John McCrae, a Canadian physician, soldier and poet during World War I, was designated a figure of national historic significance for the his poem, In Flanders Fields which made the poppy a symbol of the soldiers who died during the war. - AsNotedIn


Timeline

Y/M/D Description Association Composition Place Locale Food Event
Y/M/D Description Association Composition Place Locale Food Event
1872/11/20 Janet Simpson Eckford, wife of David McCrae, gives birth to a son, John McCrae, at home in Guelph, Ontario. Born McCrae House National Historic Site of Canada Guelph
1915/04/22 The German army attacks the British Advanced Dressing Station with heavier than air chlorine gas. "The general impression in my mind is of a nightmare. We have been in the most bitter of fights." - John McCrae Medical Officer Site John McCrae Ypres, BE Second Battle of Ypres
1915/05/00 Medical Officer McCrae treats wounded during the Second Battle of Ypres, from a hastily dug 8-by-8-foot bunker in the back of the dyke on the western bank of the Yser Canal. Medical Officer Site John McCrae Ypres, BE Second Battle of Ypres
1915/05/02 Lt Col John McCrae presides over the funeral of his friend, Lieutenant Alexis Helmer of the 2nd Battery, 1st Brigade Canadian Field Artillery, at Essex Farm Cemetery. Helmer's grave is now lost. Medical Officer Site John McCrae Ypres, BE Second Battle of Ypres
1915/05/03 Lt Col John McCrae writes "In Flanders Fields", noting that poppies sprouted up quickly around the graves in Flanders. Author Site John McCrae Ypres, BE Second Battle of Ypres
1915/06/01 Major John McCrae is ordered to establish No 3 Canadian General Hospital at Dannes-Camiers near Boulogne-sur-Mer, in northern France. Medical Officer Pas-de-Calais, FR
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