Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae
“In Flanders Fields the poppies blow,
between the crosses, row on row,
that mark our place; and in the sky,
the larks, still bravely singing, fly,
scare heard amid the guns below”
This is the first verse of In Flanders Fields by the inspiring poet and physician John McCrae. John was born on November 30, 1872 in Guelph, Ontario to Colonel David McCrae and Janet Simpson Eckford. He graduated and completed his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Toronto where he was then appointed resident of pathology at Montreal General Hospital. He later became an assistant pathologist to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal. In his early years, McCrae trained to be a artilleryman at the Royal Military College of Canada which intrigued him to be an artillery man in the war. John McCrae is and always will be a magnificent and inspiring Canadian hero because he was an unforgettable and motivating poet, he was a physician before and during the war where he then became Lieutenant Colonel of the Canadian Expedition force.
John McCrae was an experience physician before he was drafted into the war. Once he was in the war, he continued his occupation of being a brave and noble physician where he treated and cured the injured. On June 1st, 1915, he was sent away from the war to No.3 Canadian General Hospital during the Ypres battle where he stayed and finished his journey of being a doctor. Even though he preferred fighting in the war over being a physician, he believed that putting his skills and knowledge over desire could save and help the fallen. He believed that was the best place to be.
Before John became a physician in the Ypres battle, he believed that fighting in the war was something he was born to do. John sailed to Africa in December to fight in the South African War. He was not forced into going into the war, he chose to himself. He then resigned from the 1st Brigade at the artillery in 1904, after being promoted to...