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John McCrae whose name was commemorated on the window at McGill University with this description Pathologist Poet Solider Physician Man Among Men He was born on November 30th 1872 in Guelph and was buried at the Military center at Wimereux on January 28th 1918 He died of pneumonia and cerebral meningitis in which were caused by years of hard work serving his country He has had a great impact not only on Canada but also on the world Johns family emigrated from Scotland to Canada in eagerness to start a new life His parent Colonel David McCrae and Janet Simpson entered the business of timber mills wool mills and so on They had two sons and a daughter John Thomas and Geills He attended Guelph Collegiate Institute which was a secondary school in Guelph Upon obtaining high academic standards he received a scholarship to University of Toronto to study biology In 1892 he took time off and became the resident master at Ontario Agriculture College in Guelph Eventually he returned to University and graduating with an honors degree in biology McCrae graduated from the University of Toronto with a medical degree in 1898 He was awarded a gold medal by maintaining outstanding academic performance After graduation he became an intern training in physiology and pathology at Toronto General Hospital In 1899 he trained under the famous Sir William Osler at John Hopkins Hospital By 1914 he became Canadas leading physician John McCrae was trained in the military even before he joined the South African war John was a child who had respect for military values and he proved it by joining the Guelph Highlands Cadets and eventually rose to the rank of lieutenant In 1899 when hostilities broke out between the Boer and The British McCrae joined the 16th battery Royal Canadian Artillery He was in charge of field artillery in South Africa He was rewarded with a Queens medal with 3 clasps one for
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