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