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In Flanders Fields, written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae of the Canadian Expeditionary Force on May 3, 1915.
Alexis Helmer, a close friend of McCrae, was killed during the Second Battle of Ypres on May 2 1915. McCrae performed the burial service himself, at which time he noted how poppies quickly grew around the graves of those who died at Ypres. The next day, he composed the poem while sitting in the back of an ambulance. Once he had finished writing it, he supposedly crumpled the paper and threw it away. It was later picked up by a fellow member of his unit who convinced him to submit the poem for publication.
He died of pneumonia on January 28, 1918, while still commanding No. 3 Canadian General Hospital at Boulogne.