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John McCrae

World War I Soldier & Poet John McCrae

Profession: World War I Soldier & Poet


Why Famous: Best known for writing the famous war memorial poem "In Flanders Fields".

Born: November 30, 1872
Birthplace: Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Died: January 28, 1918 (aged 45)
Cause of Death: Pneumonia

Historical Events

  • 1915-05-03 John McCrae writes the poem "In Flanders Fields"
  • 1915-12-08 John McCrae's poem "In Flanders Fields" appears anonymously in "Punch" magazine

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