Flanders Fields link
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