Video above - 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’ which is widely believed to have played a significant role in the emergence of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance (see above video). John McCrae died from pneumonia on 28 January 1918 (see funeral and headstone below/memorial). This short video moves on from John McCrae’s poem to the fourth stanza of Laurence Binyon’s 1914 poem ‘For the Fallen’ (They shall grow not old…)
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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Video above - 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’ which is widely believed to have played a significant role in the emergence of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance (see above video). John McCrae died from pneumonia on 28 January 1918 (see funeral and headstone below). This short video moves on from John McCrae’s poem to the fourth stanza of Laurence Binyon’s 1914 poem ‘For the Fallen’ (They shall grow not old…)
Essex Farm Cemetery (Ypres) and memorial to Lt Col John McCrae
John McCrae is buried at Wimereux Cemetery, France
John McCrae’s funeral