The poppy which we so readily associate with the act or remembrance is believed to have its origins with Lt Col John Alexander McCrae (left). McCrae was a Canadian artilleryman, as well as being a surgeon-doctor who, in 1915, was engaged in attending to the wounded streaming back from the Second Battle of Ypres at a first aid station just behind the front line to the north of Ypres (now Essex Farm Cemetery ). It was here, following the death of a close friend Alex Helmer , that McCrae penned his best known poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ (click above poppy…) which is widely believed to have played a significant role in the emergence of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance. John McCrae died from pneumonia on 28 January 1918 (see funeral and headstone below/memorial). Click here to see an interesting video of McCrae’s early life.
John McCrae’s funeral
Essex Farm Cemetery (Ypres) and memorial to Lt Col John McCrae
John McCrae is buried at Wimereux Cemetery, France
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Click the poppy to hear a most moving rendition of McCrae’s poem
John McCrae’s funeral
John McCrae is buried at Wimereux Cemetery, France
Essex Farm Cemetery (Ypres) and memorial to Lt Col John McCrae
The poppy we so readily associate with the act or remembrance is believed to have its origins with Lt Col John Alexander McCrae (left). McCrae was a Canadian artilleryman, as well as being a surgeon-doctor who, in 1915, was engaged in attending to the wounded streaming back from the Second Battle of Ypres at a first aid station just behind the front line to the north of Ypres (now Essex Farm Cemetery ). It was here, following the death of a close friend Alex Helmer , that McCrae penned his best known poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ (click above poppy) which is widely believed to have played a significant role in the emergence of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance. John McCrae died from pneumonia on 28 January 1918 (see funeral and headstone below). Click here to see an interesting short video of McCae’s early life.
Click the poppy to hear a most moving rendition of McCrae’s poem
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