Most Canadians are familiar with John McCrae through his iconic poem “In Flanders Fields,” which was penned on the battlefields of the First World War and remains a symbol of remembrance to this day. Although he will always be remembered as a war poet, the Guelph, Ontario, native was a physician, a university professor, and a veteran of the Second Boer War before he ever laid eyes on the carnage at Flanders Fields. Citing rarely seen diary entries and letters, as well as never-before-published photos of McCrae’s early life, military historian and McCrae enthusiast Susan Raby-Dunne tells the complete story of John McCrae—a man whose final chapter of life made him immortal, but who accomplished so much and helped so many in the decades before.
About the Author
Susan Raby-Dunneis an author, military historian, composer, and veteran who lives in Longview, Alberta. Her military musical version of the poem “In Flanders Fields” debuted on CBC radio, and internationally in 2006, and is an official fundraiser for the Poppy Fund. After years of ranching and breeding horses, she now devotes herself to writing, and works part time at the Bomber Command Museum of Canada in Nanton, Alberta. Susan is on the board of directors and Canadian contact for the charity Soldier’s Heart.