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John McCrae
Lieutenant Colonel John Alexander McCraeLieutenant Colonel John Alexander McCrae, MD (November 30, 1872 January 28, 1918) was a Canadian poet, physician, author, artist and soldier during World War I and a surgeon during the battle of Ypres. He is best known for writing the famous war memorial poem In Flanders Fields. McCrae was born in McCrae House in Guelph, Ontario and attended the Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute. He then studied medicine on a scholarship at the University of Toronto. While attending the university he joined the Zeta Psi Fraternity (Theta Xi chapter; class of 1894) and published his first poems. He was a member of The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada while studying at the University of Toronto, during which time he was promoted to Captain. McCrae served in the artillery during the Second Boer War, and upon his return was appointed professor of pathology at the University of Vermont, where he taught until 1911 (although he also taught at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec). In 1910, he accompanied Lord Grey, the Governor General of Canada, on a canoe trip to Hudson Bay.

in flanders fields
 
 
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; ... [read poem]
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