Flan­ders Fields link

The Galloway News - - GALLOWAY VIEW -

Sir – Ev­ery­one will be aware that we use a poppy as a sym­bol of re­mem­brance and many will know that this re­sults from the poem In Flan­ders Fields writ­ten in the First World War.

The poem was writ­ten by a doc­tor, Lieu­tenant Colonel John McCrae, from Guelph, Canada, af­ter he was un­able to save the life of a friend, but there is a strong con­nec­tion to the Ste­wartry.

John McCrae him­self died later in the war. John’s fa­ther (David) was born in Lau­rieston and David’s fa­ther (Thomas) was born in Dukieston in For­rest Es­tate and went to Kells School in New Gal­loway.

Thomas and his fam­ily (in­clud­ing David) em­i­grated to Canada where he be­came one of the fore­most breed­ers of Gal­loway cat­tle in North Amer­ica.

Go­ing fur­ther back in time, the fam­ily farmed on Cairns­more of Carsh­phairn and John McCrae’s great-great-grand­fa­ther (Mar­maduke McCrae) is buried in Car­sphairn church­yard. Paul Good­win St John’s Town of Dalry

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