We visited John McCrae’s burial site at Wimereux Communal Cemetery. A small ceremony was held, and “In Flanders Fields” was read in English and French. James placed another one of his special Canadian Flags, this one made by his daughter.
Friday evening was very special. I got to visit the Frezenberg Memorial, located just out side Ypres. After the days touring had finished, John Goheen and Luke the driver took the time to get me out to the Memorial.
The Battle of Frezenberg (early May of 1915) is without question the most celebrated honour borne on the Patricia’s Regimental Colour. Historians have recorded the action as “the Death of the Originals” or speak of the “ghost’s of Bellewaerde Ridge. Having served with the Regiment it truly was an honour to stand where the Regiment fought and many of the Originals died. A glass of scotch and a toast was made in their memory.
Photo above: Flag from a fellow Pilgrim’s child placed at John McCrae’s grave.
Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (Nov 30, 1872 – Jan 28, 1918) was a Canadian poet, physician, author, artist and soldier during World War I, and a surgeon during the Second Battle of Ypres, in Belgium. He is best known for writing the famous war memorial poem “In Flanders Fields”. McCrae died of pneumonia while commanding No. 3 Canadian General Hospital at Boulogne.
Photo below: John McCrae, 1914.
Photo below: Frezenberg Memorial.
Photo below: An inscription on the base of the memorial states: Here 8th May 1915, the Originals of Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry commanded by their founder Major A Hamilton Gault held firm and counted not the cost. That cost was almost 400 casualties – the battalion being reduced to just 4 officers and 150 men.
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