28 January 1918 – Death of Lt.-Col. John McCrae

“Lt.-Col. John McCrae and his dog Bonneau.”
Credit: Library and Archives Canada / C-046284.

One hundred years ago today, John McCrae dies of pneumonia and meningitis. He is buried with full military honours at Wimereux Communal Cemetery in a procession led by his beloved horse Bonfire, with McCrae’s empty riding boots reversed in the stirrups. Ironically, despite his contributions to remembrance in verse, McCrae’s headstone bears no epitaph. Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, the soldier, physician, teacher and poet was just 45 years old.