John McCrae

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Birthday
30, 1872
Birthplace
Guelph, Canada
Death Date
Jan 28, 1918 (45)
Birth Sign
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Birthday
30, 1872
Birthplace
Guelph, Canada
Death Date
Jan 28, 1918 (45)

About

Canadian poet, doctor, soldier, and artist whose best-known work is a war poem entitled "In Flanders Fields." He also taught medicine at the University of Vermont and McGill University and co-wrote a medical textbook.

Before Fame

He studied at the University of Toronto and published his first poems during his collegiate period.

Trivia

He died of pneumonia while working in a World War I hospital.

Family Life

He was the son of Janet Eckford and Lieutenant Colonel David McCrae; his brother, Thomas, was also a physician.

Associated With

His famous poem, "In Flanders Fields," was set to music in 1918 by composer John Philip Sousa.