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Lieutenant-colonel John McCrae MD (Canadian Physician) is remembered for what is most probably the best known of all World War 1 poetry. It is believed that he was so moved by the death of his friend Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, who had been killed by a shell burst, and inspired by the profusion of wild poppies he could see in the nearby cemetery, that he wrote 'In Flanders Fields'. Sadly, John McCrae did not survive WW1, he died from pneumonia whilst on active duty in 1918.